South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on Friday (February 21), taking its overall figure to 156 and making it the worst-infected country outside China.
Altogether 39 of the new cases were linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu, the Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.
More than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.
The mayor of Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million – has advised residents to stay indoors, and commanders at a major US base in the area restricted access.
Residents wore masks to go about their daily activities Friday.
Shincheonji is often accused of being a cult and claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement.
The KCDC said one more case had been confirmed at a hospital in Cheongdo county near Daegu where a total of 16 infections have now been identified, including a long-stay patient who died Wednesday after showing symptoms of pneumonia.
With Relation to effects in Ireland
As of last night 20/02/2020 this site can confirm from sources within Dublin Airport that no Health Checks or Screenings are in place. With possibly infected people just disembarking and walking straight out into the street.
This is an extremely worrying situation for the staff employed there with regard to the turn-around of airplanes, which must be cleaned by staff before being re deployed to return destinations.
Airplanes and Public Transport are some of the most unhygienic places on the planet. Yet through all of this The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have failed to put a health screening procedure in place.
To date we have had no statement from government about an emergency plan and what steps are in place should the worst inevitability happen and coronavirus re named covid-19 arrives on our shores.