Members of church at center of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak visited Wuhan: KCDC

Published March 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

SEOUL – Some members of a church at the center of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak visited the Chinese city of Wuhan in January, where the disease is believed to have originated, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony where a woman known as "Patient 31" attended a service in Daegu, South Korea, February 19, 2020. (Yonhap via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)
A woman walks past a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony where a woman known as “Patient 31” attended a service in Daegu, South Korea, February 19, 2020. (Yonhap via REUTERS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Most of the South Korean patients were traced to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu. The church had a presence in Wuhan.

Kwon Jun-wook, a KCDC official, confirmed for the first time that some members of the church visited Wuhan during a briefing. He said it was unclear how many went there and whether the trip played a role in the outbreak.

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