SEOUL — The elderly leader of a secretive South Korean sect at the center of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested on Saturday for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic.
Lee Man-hee, 88, is the head of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which is often condemned as a cult.
People linked to the church accounted for more than halfof the South’s 4,000-plus coronavirus cases in February when the country was enduring one of the worst early outbreaks in the world.
As of July 19, those connected with the church made up 38 percent of all confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, according to theKoreaCenters for Disease Control and Preven…
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