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Korea seeks $4 million in damages from church over new coronavirus outbreak

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 18, 2020
The metropolitan government in South Korea’s capital Seoul said on Friday it would seek 4.6 billion won ($3.9 million) in damages against a church for causing the spread of the coronavirus by disrupting tracing and testing efforts.
Sarang Jeil Church
New coronavirus outbreak   Sarang Jeil Church
A fresh wave of infections erupted at a church whose members attended a large protest in downtown Seoul in August, becoming the country’s largest cluster in the greater capital area. The outbreak has driven triple digit increases in daily coronavirus cases for more than a month.

Topics: Korea

The Seoul city government said it will file a lawsuit against the Sarang Jeil Church and its leader, Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, accusing them of disrupting coronavirus tests and providing inaccurate lists of its members which it said aggravated the latest epidemic.

“The city is seeking to hold the church and the pastor responsible for contributing to the nationwide re-spread of COVID-19 by refusing and hindering epidemiological surveys or aiding and abetting such acts, as well as submitting false materials,” it said in a statement.