[사회]Concerned about ‘Omicron group infection’ in Incheon church… Preemptive inspection of village residence


The three additional confirmed cases of Omicron today are family members of Shinto who came from the first couple of confirmed cases of Omicron in Korea, so fears of group infection are increasingly real.

The quarantine authorities have classified about 800 church officials and believers as contacts, and set up a screening clinic in a village where a lot of foreign believers live and started testing.

We connect reporters who are on-site. Reporter Hong Min-ki!


Yes, it is in front of a church in Michuhol-gu, Incheon.


Yes, did an additional Omicron infected person come from there?


Yes, it is.

The church is now completely closed.

The quarantine authorities said this church was the first case of mass infection related to omicron mutation.

Earlier, a foreign male, a member of this church, drove the country’s first Omicron confirmed couple back home on the 24th of last month, and was confirmed with Omicron.

A’s family was also confirmed today, and it was investigated that they participated in a group worship service held at this church on the 28th of last month and a program for foreigners.

There were 411 people who attended at the same time.

Among them, Mr. A’s wife, mother-in-law, and three acquaintances were diagnosed with Omicron a while ago.

Quarantine authorities are conducting follow-up tests on nearly 800 people, including 369 attendees who worshiped at the time before them.

The whole genome test to determine whether there is a mutation takes some time, so the test results are expected to come out next week.

Also, on the 1st, a woman in her 50s who used the same restaurant as a confirmed patient of Omicron was also confirmed with COVID-19.

It is also classified as a suspected Omicron infection, and quarantine authorities are conducting tests.

The city of Incheon has set up a screening clinic near here, in a village where many foreigners in Central Asia live.

About 200 people, about half of the contacts, were found to be living in this village, and the city plans to conduct preemptive inspections against foreigners for two days this weekend.


Are other cluster infections continuing in the metropolitan area?


Yes, it is.

Group infections continued in facilities where vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly stayed.

At a kindergarten in Nowon-gu, Seoul, since the first confirmed case on the 26th of last month, a total of 23 people, including 18 students, have been infected so far.

At a daycare center in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, 17 people, including 8 alumni, were confirmed.

A total of 24 people, including 19 patients and 2 workers, were confirmed at the elderly care facility in Gangbuk-gu, Seoul.

As of 00:00 today, there were 565 people at Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul.

In regards to the Garak Market in Songpa-gu, 23 more people were infected in one day, and 357 people were cumulatively infected.

While the quarantine authorities continue to analyze the risk of mutations in Omicron, they emphasized that vaccination is still important to prevent further spread.

This is YTN Hong Min-ki in front of the church in Michuhol-gu, Incheon.

YTN Hong Min-ki ([email protected])

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