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South Korea climbs to 7,000 coronavirus cases, more than half are members of a church


South Korea's coronavirus case total approached more than 7,000 as authorities keeps reporting new cases and has the largest number of cases in the world outside China.


Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious group often condemned as a cult that is linked to more than half the cases.

Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old founder of the secretive sect, apologised for the outbreak. Seoul city authorities have filed a complaint with prosecutors seeking to have him and other Shincheonji leaders charged with murder and other offences.

South Korea president President Moon Jae declared "war" against the coronavirus on Tuesday (Mar 3), ordering additional hospital beds and more face masks to be made available as the country's total cases.


Moon said the government will inject more than 30 trillion won (US$25 billion) into the economy to address the "grave" situation brought on by the outbreak.

South Korea suspends and cancelled several K-Pop concerts and sporting events to prevent the spread of the virus.

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