A church in South Korea has mistakenly infected about 46 members with the deadly coronavirus.
South Korean church infects members with coronavirus
A South Korean church has infected about 46 members including the pastor and his wife with coronavirus after using an infected spray bottle to spray saltwater into the mouths of church members.
It was gathered that an official failed to wipe the saltwater spray bottle before using for other members which caused the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Dailymail, surveillance footage from the River of Grace Community Church in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, shows a church official sticking the spray bottle deep into the mouth of one follower after another, during a prayer gathering attended by '100 followers' on March 1 and March 8.
“It’s been confirmed that they put the nozzle of the spray bottle inside the mouth of a follower who was later confirmed as a patient, before they did likewise for other followers as well, without disinfecting the sprayer,” said Lee Hee-young, co-chief of the Gyeonggi Province COVID-19 Emergency Response team,
“This made it inevitable for the virus to spread,” he said. “They did so out of the false belief that saltwater kills the virus.”
The church has since been closed and all its believers who attended the prayer sessions are being tested.
The church's pastor, identified as Kim, has apologized for the mass infection of his church members.
'I feel deeply sorry about what has happened. I will take all the blame and responsibility,' Kim told Yonhap News Agency, indicating his intention to retire after the ongoing crisis is over.
This comes a month after more than half of 4,000 coronavirus cases in South Korea was linked to Shincheonji cult, a secretive church
South Korea's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 74 new cases on Monday, bringing its total tally to 8,236.