‘Crazy auntie’ and secretive church at heart of spike of coronavirus cases in South Korea

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SINGAPORE — A “crazy auntie” super spreader and a secretive church are now at the centre of the spread of the coronavirus in South Korea, with the tally of cases doubling to 433.

So far, 231 patients have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the south-eastern city of Daegu, but health officials warned that number could rise further as more than 1,200 church followers are displaying flu-like symptoms.

The authorities are scrambling to strengthen measures to prevent the virus from spreading even further, as Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin urged the city’s 2.5 million residents to stay indoors and avoid gatherings and religious activities.

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