South Korea on the brink of fresh coronavirus outbreak nationwide

South Korea is on the brink of a new coronavirus outbreak nationwide, according to officials.

The newest cluster Presbyterian church has resulted in spread of the coronavirus in all of the 17 provinces.

The members of the Church believe the virus was planted as part of a conspiracy to close it down.

The government said it had asked the Sarang Jeil Church for a full list of members who attended, but they didn’t get it. The government eventually raided the church headquarters to find a full list of members’ names to try to contact them.

Sarang Jeil church members rallied against  President Moon’s administration in the centre of Seoul a few weeks ago. Experts estimate  the rally could have infected more than 2,000 people.

Authorities have made masks mandatory in Seoul. The government is also considering a closure of schools and businesses.

Experts have called on the government to step up social distancing measures after warning that “hospital beds are quickly filling up and the medical system is nearing its limits”.

President Moon has called for penalties for those deliberately obstructing anti-virus measures.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has admitted that about 20% of all new cases are of unknown origin.

South Korea’s fight against Covid-19 began in February after an outbreak at a Christian cult called the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the city of Daegu, about 200km (124 miles) south of Seoul. Within weeks, the outbreak was under control.

But things are different this time.

In total, 309 people have died in South Korea as a result of coronavirus.