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South Korea accuses church pastor as COVID-19 cases surge

279 new cases reported on Sunday, more than double from Friday

Members of conservative civic groups march down a street during an anti-government protest, as concerns over a fresh wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases grow, in central Seoul, South Korea, Aug.15.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea accused a conservative pastor on Sunday of violating self-isolation rules and obstructing contact tracing at a church where 240 infections have fuelled the country's worst outbreak in over five months.

The focus on the Sarang Jeil Church, led by Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, revived bad memories of the country's biggest outbreak, among followers of a secretive Christian sect back in February.

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