Following the rise in Corona numbers, churches in South Korea have only been allowed to hold services online since this Sunday. Only absolutely necessary people would be allowed to enter the places of worship, South Korean media reported.
In the capital Seoul, the obligation to wear mouth and nose coverings in public is also in force from Monday, they said. According to the report, a violation of the mask requirement can result in a fine of the equivalent of up to 2.136 euros fined. In addition, the individuals involved face criminal proceedings.
In the past ten days, authorities in the East Asian country counted more than 2.600 new Corona cases, after successfully combating the first wave of infections, the number of new daily infections was kept in double digits for a long time. Church services and meetings of the evangelical church Sarang Jeil in the greater Seoul area are considered to be the main breeding grounds of the new surge.
Wave of infections partly triggered by Christian sect
The first wave of infections in February was also due in large part to a Christian sect called Shincheonji. Their leader Lee Man-hee had been arrested in early August for obstructing authorities in the fight against the virus.
On Sunday, 17 were in South Korea.399 corona cases reported, 14 of them.200 were considered recovered. 309 South Koreans have died from the viral infection so far.