On the morning of 18 August, as society-wide concerns about the infection of news1 group infections grow, masked citizens at Gwanghwamun Station in Seoul’s Sejong Boulevard are on their way to work.
“I think the current situation is a little more difficult than the Daegu, Gyeongbuk, and Itaewon clubs.” (Jung Eun-kyung, General Manager of The Defense Department)
“The situation in Seoul and Gyeonggi has a more dangerous element than the mass infection in Daegu and North Korea in February and March.” (Kim Kang-lip, Chief Coordinator, 1)
Corona19 increased the number of confirmed deaths to 745 in four days. If you look at the number of confirmers, it’s still not far from the peak (February 29) that has poured in 909 people per day. However, infections occur sporadically from an unspecified number of people who are not easily tracked by the defense authorities, and it is a problem because it is spreading around the metropolitan area and the elderly. This is why the government defines the current situation as “the early stages of a large-scale re-pandemic”, but considers it more serious than ever.
1. It occurred in a metropolitan area with half the population
Between 14 and 17 days, 625 infections occurred in the metropolitan area. 83.9% of all new confirmors (745 people) came from the metropolitan area. Of the 319 confirmers of The Love First Church in Seoul’s Seongbuk-gu, the epicenter of the recent epidemic ( 12 o’clock in the day on 17 th), 307 are residents of the metropolitan area. Chung Eun-kyung, general manager of the Central Defense Prevention Headquarters, warned of a situation where the risk increased, saying that “asymptomatic and mild infections that have not now been diagnosed in the metropolitan area will accumulate for six months,” and that half of the country’s population is concentrated in the metropolitan area, and there are many people traveling throughout the country.
A exponential explosion can occur in Daegu with a population of 2.5 million people, unlike when the shincheon jibal population infection spread. There are signs that the worship of The First Church of Love will spread beyond the metropolitan area to other regions, such as the 16-17 July kangwon, Daejeon, and Gyeongbuk churches.
2. Gwanghwamun rally contacted by ‘unspecified majority’ is ‘bokbyeong’
The authorities have been struggling with epidemiological investigations in recent years. The devotees of The First Church of Love are 4066, less than those of The Shinchonji Jesuit, but some members contacted an unspecified number of other churchmembers through the Gyeongbokgung Palace on August 8 and the Gwanghwamun rally on the 15th. However, the authorities did not even know the list of members who attended the rally. On The 17th, members of the church who attended the Gwanghwamun rally, including Pastor Jeon Kwang-hoon, received a confirmed verdict. At the rally, shouting slogans, sharing snacks, and may have had a non-verbal contact. On the same day, the Central Disaster Safety Headquarters (Central Task Force) sent an emergency disaster letter saying, “The participants of the Gwanghwamun rally should be diagnosed immediately, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.”
“Unlike february and March, when a group infection occurred, with a single group member called Shincheon-ji, there are now a large number of unspecified contacts, such as worship and rallies, and the risk is higher,” said General Coordinator Kim Kang-lip. The number of additional infections is expected to continue among the members of The Church of Love. The positive rate of more than 2,000 people who have been diagnosed is 16.1%. There are about 1,000 unreachable members, including 623 people whose addresses have not been confirmed.
Members of the News1 conservative group hold a rally at The Four Streets of Gwanghwamun, Jongno-gu, Seoul, on 15 March.
3. It is infected in daily life such as church, café, restaurant
The problem is that the infection is not the only infection in the Church. Jung Eun-kyung said, “Not only high-risk facilities, but also churches, cafes, restaurants, and schools, where there is an increased risk of exposure to corona by simultaneous confirmation singing.”
In fact, the mass infection that occurred at the Gold Train office in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, led to a village feast in Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi-do, and a collective infection of employees and family members occurred at a company in Gangnam-gu and Yeongyongpo, Seoul.
In the last two weeks, only 11.6% of cases of “dark patients” can not determine the path of infection. To this day, the initial route of infection at starbucks Paju opposition station, where a total of 42 people have been confirmed, has not yet been determined. The more sporadic the infection population becomes more diverse, the more difficult it becomes to control the spread of the infection through epidemiological studies. The authorities are deeply concerned about the situation in which mass infections from churches in the metropolitan area lead to a variety of “n) tea infections, such as call centers, children’s homes, and nursing homes.
4. Corona 19 long-term, rainy seasons, etc.
Unlike in the early days of corona 19, when the people voluntarily participated in the “street-to-street” movement, the relaxed atmosphere in society about the prevention of prevention is also considered a risk factor. “In the case of Daegu and Gyeongbuk in February and March, there were areas where the medical response system, such as patient classification and treatment, was insufficient, but the crisis was calmed early through strong social distances,” said Kim Kang-lip, general coordinator of The Korea Medical Response Center. He also urged residents in the metropolitan area to raise their awareness of the softening, such as canceling meetings and refraining from going out.
5. The proportion of senior confirmers in their 60s and older is high.
The fact that the majority of recent confirmed confirmers are elderly people over the 60s is also a concern. In the case of Shincheonji and Itaewon clubs, the majority of confirmed players were 20-30 loans, and the rate of death was not high.
However, of the 197 new confirmors at 0 o’clock on the 17th, over 60s are 35% (69). The total cumulative confirmor (24%) is higher than the proportion of the elderly in the 60s or older.
The number of new confirmers (197) was slightly reduced from the previous day (279), but that’s why we can’t be relieved. It took only a week for the number of new confirmers (190 on February 22) to soar to 909 since the first pandemic occurred in February.