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Who is this “PATIENT 31”?

How did patient 31 become a “Corona super-spreader” in South Korea?

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COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea

The story behind the “patient 31”

It was 6th of February, a 61 year- old woman in South Korea faced a minor traffic accident in Daegu, the county’s fourth largest city. She experienced a headache due to that car collision and she was admitted to a hospital. The woman came home to collect her belongings on 9th of February, and after this, she attended the services at the Shincheonji church of Jesus in the south-eastern city of Daegu, with a large number of worshippers. This woman stepped out on at least four different occasions and all are public places. On 16th, once again she attended the church services and on next day the doctors asked her to get tested for COVID-19 virus. She refused it two times, but she agreed to get tested at last.

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How does she become a “super spreader”?

It was a sudden spike in the coronavirus cases in South Korea. On Tuesday (18th of February), the country had only 31 cases including the patient 31.

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Daegu became the epicenter

Authorities called her as “super spreader” due to this sudden rising of the number of the patients. The educational institutes including the kindergarten schools in Daegu has temporally shut down. Especially, the universities in South Korea has announced to postpone the semesters. And also, they have taken some travel restrictions and a total 136 countries and territories have issued entry bans.

Deeply sorry for the sudden spike

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The founder of Shicheonji Church, Lee- Man-Hee apologies over the Coronavius.

Are you going t behave like “patient 31”

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