April 27, 2020 12:49
The first coronavirus patient in Daegu and the Shincheonji sect was released from hospital on April 24 after some two months of hospitalization.
The 61-year-old woman had been admitted to Daegu Medical Center on Feb. 17. She infected possibly hundreds of others in the sect, making her a so-called superspreader. She also holds the record for the longest hospital stay for coronavirus.
The first coronavirus patient in Daegu and the Shincheonji sect was released from hospital on Friday after some two months of hospitalization.
A Daegu city official said, "After continuing to display mild coughing and phlegm for two months, the woman was released from hospital after testing negative in two tests since April 22."
As her treatment dragged on, a petition was started on the Cheong Wa Dae website demanding that she must be charged for the costs she incurred the state. Her medical bill is estimated at a minimum of W30 million (US$1=W1,236).
After she was diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 18, the disease spread rapidly in Daegu, with the daily number of confirmed cases soaring to 741 one time, bringing the city to a standstill and setting alarm bells ringing nationwide.
The case prompted health officials to zero in on the sect, which was swiftly identified as a hotbed of infection even though followers often lied about their affiliation. Of the 6,846 confirmed cases in Daegu as of Sunday, 62.2 percent are Shincheonji followers.
It remains a mystery exactly how she contracted the virus. She never traveled abroad and had no confirmed contact with another carrier. A Shincheonji spokesman said, "What we have confirmed so far is that she was the first infected patient among our members."
She remains in self-isolation at home.
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