I took a quarantine taxi… Omicron’s first confirmed pastor in Korea ‘false statement’

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The pastor couple, who were the first confirmed cases of the Omicron variant virus in Korea, stated in an initial epidemiological investigation that “they went home in a quarantine taxi”, but it was later revealed that this was not true.

According to Incheon City, Michuhol-gu, and Yeonsu-gu on the 2nd, a pastor and a couple in their 40s, who were diagnosed with Omicron mutation on the 25th of last month, said in an initial epidemiological investigation, “I took a quarantine taxi when I moved from the airport to my home.”

However, it is reported that the couple A, who returned home from Nigeria the day before the diagnosis, were driven by a Uzbek acquaintance in their 30s, who was driving the car. For this reason, B was not classified as a close contact even after the 25th of last month, when the couple A was confirmed.

After hearing that Mr. A’s couple had been confirmed, Mr. B received a corona19 test, but came back negative and continued his daily life. After a second test, he tested positive on the 29th of last month after showing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever.

Person B was not classified as a close contact with Mr. A, so it was confirmed that he had contacted 50 people, including family, acquaintances, and business associates, during the six days he escaped from the quarantine network.

Among them, B’s wife, mother-in-law, and another acquaintance are under investigation as suspected of being infected with the Omicron mutation.

An official from the quarantine authorities said, “A couple made false statements, and B was not classified as a close contact of them.”

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