Seoul mayor sues Shincheonji over COVID-19 crisis, church's leader apologizes - 2020-03-02
Lee Man-hee, the founder and spiritual leader of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, held a news conference on Monday and apologized for South Korea's coronavirus outbreak, which has, in large part, been traced to the religious sect's Daegu city branch.
"We made our utmost efforts, but were unable to prevent it all," said Lee, as the country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 4,300 people. Twenty-six patients have died, officials say.
Shincheonji found itself at the center of a spike in COVID-19 cases after a 61-year-old churchgoer in Daegu tested positive and caused a "super-spreader" event.