As the spread of COVID-19 continues, more than 200 residents have been confirmed in a village in Cheonan. It is a place where they have lived together mainly in religious facilities, but the number of confirmed cases may increase as the tests are still in progress.
This is TJB reporter Kim Chul-jin.
It is a village in Gwangdeok-myeon, Cheonan-si, where about 400 residents live.
Since the first confirmed case came out on the 21st in this small town, 231 residents have been confirmed so far.
This village, built around a church, has group lodgings and facilities for seniors. Since all of the 400 or so residents are believers, the spread has increased not only in worship but also in all aspects of life.
It is said that about 70 villagers gathered on Monday and Tuesday to make kimchi together.
According to the epidemiological investigation, the quarantine authorities believe that the explosive spread occurred before and after kimchi.
In particular, 92% of the confirmed cases for which the basic epidemiological investigation was conducted were found to be unvaccinated.
Although Cheonan City has recommended vaccinations since April through the public health center, it is known that most residents are reluctant to vaccinate due to the closed village atmosphere.
In addition, as more than 100 residents are still being tested, there is a high possibility that the number of confirmed cases will increase further.
[박상돈/충남 천안시장 : 확진자는 연령별 및 환자 상태별로 분류하여 순차적으로 감염병전담병원, 생활 치료센터로 분산 이송할 예정입니다.]
Although it has not been confirmed whether the church has violated quarantine rules, it is said that reports have been received that members ate together after worship in the past.
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