There have been confirmed cases of coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in religious facilities such as churches in Korea, and there are also confirmed cases in Islamic members.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Bang Dae-bon) on the 16th, a total of 19 members were found to have been diagnosed with Corona 19 related to the Islamic Mosque in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province.
The broadcasting authorities have not implemented basic quarantine rules, such as the lack of designation of a quarantine officer and insufficient management of the access list, as a major risk factor for the Ansan Islamic Mosque.
The authorities analyzed that indoor facilities were not sufficiently ventilated in chapels, offices, and lodging facilities, and that small groups of members and shared use of lodgings also affected the group infection. In particular, the authorities explained that it was confirmed that co-cooking, shared meals, or distance distances were not enough at accommodations where 15 people lived in one room.
In addition to the Ansan Islamic members, 15 new confirmed patients also occurred at the Islamic Worship Center in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, and 4 additional people who attended the Islamic Prayer Meeting in Daejeon were also tested positive.
According to the quarantine authorities, in the case of this confirmed case of Islamic religion, there is a characteristic of a foreign community with a communal nature connected to daily life. There is a high risk of increased infection due to contact between local communities, workplaces, and foreign communities.
Accordingly, the government plans to promote precise quarantine response according to the easing of distancing steps, reinforce quarantine management based on autonomy and responsibility, discover and inspect blind spots for quarantine such as unlicensed educational facilities, religious organizations other than the tertiary, and strengthen quarantine management.
Lee Sang-won, director of epidemiological investigation and analysis at the Central Defense Countermeasure Headquarters, explained at a regular briefing on the day that the group infection of Islamic religious facilities was “presumed to have spread to members and staff from the imam, the religious leader of the Muslim mosque.”
He said, “All these cases of group outbreaks have such a common point that they are foreign communities with a communal nature connected to daily life. However, I would like to express my gratitude for voluntarily closing Islamic members and actively cooperating with prosecutors.” .
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