March 2, 2020 / 7:18 AM / a month ago

Founder of church at center of South Korea's coronavirus outbreak regrets 'great calamity'

Lee Man-hee, founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, does a deep bow during a news conference at its facility in Gapyeong, South Korea, March 2, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

GAPYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - The founder of a controversial church at the center of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak apologized on Monday that one of its members had infected many others, calling the epidemic a “great calamity.”

Lee Man-hee, who founded and heads the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, to which most of South Korea’s cases have been traced, said at a news conference outside a church facility in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, that he was told he tested negative for the virus.

“We did our best but was not able to stop the spread of the virus,” Lee said, thanking the government’s efforts to fight the outbreak.

Reporting by Ju-min Park in Gapyeong and Hyonhee Shin and Jack Kim in Seoul; Writing by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Kim Coghill

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