Thousands of couples in face masks tie the knot in a mass wedding at Cheongshim despite the coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of couples — some in face masks — tied the knot in a mass wedding organized by Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeon, Friday, February 7, despite concerns in South Korea over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

South Korea has recorded 24 cases of the novel coronavirus outbreak that emerged in neighboring China, where more than 30,000 cases have been confirmed, and Seoul has barred entry to foreigners who have recently been in Wuhan, the epidemic’s centre.

Festivals, graduation ceremonies, and K-pop concerts have been cancelled over fears large events could facilitate virus transmission, and authorities have asked religious groups to co-operate in preventing it spreading.

The church went ahead with the event because it had been “four years in the making” as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Moon’s birth, said official Jang Young-chul. (AFP)

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