NEARLY 50 South Korean church goers have been affected with the dreaded coronavirus after being sprayed with what was described as a special salt water cure by a clergyman who used it on multiple attendees without disinfecting.
Globally, 478,283 people have been infected with the coronavirus across 198 countries with 21,524 deaths being recorded as of today. Several scientists have suggested that they have remedies for the virus but nine of them has been clinically certified as effective and the World health Organisation has not approved any drug.
Several clergymen and women have also stepped into the fray, suggesting that they have spiritual cures for the virus but none of these have any credible medical backing. In South Korea, at the River of Grace Community Church in Gyeonggi Province, near Seoul, the pastor told worshipers that his salt spray solution could kill the virus, so the same bottle was used on over 100 worshippers.
Without disinfecting the nozzle, this spray was used on a large number of attendees, including the church’s pastor and his wife. Video images showed the official sticking the nozzle deep into the mouth of different members when one of them was already infected with the coronavirus.
Lee Hee-young, the head of Gyeonggi Province’s coronavirus task force, said:“It’s been confirmed that they put the nozzle of the spray bottle inside the mouth of a follower who was later confirmed as a patient. Before they did likewise for other followers as well, without disinfecting the sprayer.
“This made it inevitable for the virus to spread. They did so out of the false belief that salt water kills the virus.”
As a result, the church has now been closed and all of its followers who attended prayer sessions on 1 March and 8 March are being tested. South Korea has 9,241 coronavirus cases, of which 131 have died and 4,144 people have recovered.