But Mr. Jun ignored the order, attending a rally in central Seoul on Saturday organized by another anti-government conservative group. He claimed that the epidemic in his church was caused by a “terrorist” attack aimed at crippling his political activism.
“They spread the virus on our church,” he said at the rally, without specifying who he was referring to.
Health officials said her accusation was not worth commenting on. Mr. Jun is known for giving thought-provoking speeches filled with provocative and unfounded allegations.
Mr. Jun said he urged his followers not to join the rally on Saturday and to stay at home. But local media reported that members of his church were among thousands of anti-government protesters on Saturday, some of them not wearing masks.
Mr. Moon on Sunday called their participation in the rally an “unforgivable act.”
“Many of those who needed to self-isolate have gone to street protests, raising the serious possibility that they have spread the virus to protesters from across the country,” Moon said on his Facebook page. “It is an obvious challenge against the state’s disease prevention system and an unforgivable act against the safety of the people.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated August 12, 2020
Can I travel to the United States?
- Many states have travel restrictions, and many are taking active steps to enforce those restrictions, such as imposing fines or asking visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days. Here’s an always-up-to-date list of statewide restrictions. In general, traveling increases your chances of catching and spreading the virus, as you are likely to meet more people than if you stayed at home in your own “pod”. “Staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19,” the CDC says. If you are traveling, take precautions. If you can, drive. If you have to fly, be careful about choosing your airline. But know that airlines are taking real action to keep planes clean and limit your risk.
I have antibodies. Am I now immune?
- For now, that seems likely, for at least several months. There have been frightening accounts of people suffering from what appears to be a second episode of Covid-19. But experts say these patients can have a prolonged course of the infection, with the virus taking weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus usually produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to infection. These antibodies may only last two to three months in the body, which may sound worrying, but it’s perfectly normal after an acute infection clears, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to catch the coronavirus again, but it is very unlikely that it will be possible in a short time from the initial infection or making people sicker the second time around.
I own a small business. Can I get relief?
- Stimulus bills enacted in March offer help to millions of American small businesses. Those eligible for assistance are businesses and nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 workers, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and freelancers. Certain large companies in certain sectors are also eligible. The assistance offered, which is administered by the Small Business Administration, includes the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. But a lot of people haven’t seen any payments yet. Even those who have received help are confused: the rules are draconian, and some are stuck on money they don’t know how to use. Many small business owners receive less than expected or hear nothing at all.
What are my rights if I am afraid to return to work?
What will school look like in September?
- Many schools are unlikely to return to normal schedules this fall, which will require continued online learning, makeshift child care and delayed work days. California’s two largest public school districts – Los Angeles and San Diego – said on July 13 that distance education would only be remote in the fall, citing concerns that the surge in coronavirus infections in their regions pose too serious a risk to students and teachers. Together, the two districts are home to some 825,000 students. They are the largest in the country to date to drop their plans for a physical, even partial, return to classrooms when they reopen in August. For the other districts, the solution will not be an all or nothing approach. Many systems, including the country’s largest, New York, are devising hybrid plans that involve spending a few days in class and other days online. There is no national policy on this yet, so check back regularly with your municipal school system to see what is happening in your community.
Mr. Moon pledged to “take decisive action, including coercive action” against Mr. Jun’s church. Also on Sunday, the Seoul city government said it would prosecute Mr. Jun for violating disease control laws by spreading false rumors about the epidemic and ignoring a government order to self-harm. -isolate.