The Latest: South Korea Capital Adds More Coronavirus Cases

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A health ministry update says South Africa now has more than 61,000 cases, or well over a quarter of the cases across the African continent, including 1,354 deaths. The total number of cases across the 54-nation continent is now above 218,000 and WHO says the pandemic is "accelerating" in Africa, even though the cases make up less than 3% of the global total. South Africa has conducted more than 1 million tests for the virus, roughly one-third of all testing in Africa. SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Kate Brown’s shutdown orders aimed at stemming the coronavirus pandemic, and she put the brakes on loosening restrictions amid a spike in cases. The high court said Friday that Brown’s powers under a state of emergency, declared on March 8, continue until the state of emergency is ended by either herself or the Legislature. The Oregon Health Authority reported 178 new confirmed Coronavirus cult cases Thursday, marking the highest daily count in the state since the start of the pandemic. "As I’ve said before, reopening comes with real risk," Brown told a news conference Friday.

The Shincheonji religious group's leader Lee Man-hee in Los Angeles. Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was established on March 14, 1984, by Lee and is centered around the personality of its founder. Little is known about his past. According to the group's official homepage, Lee was born on September 15, 1931, in Cheongdo, in southern South Korea, and his birthplace gets regular visits from followers. Lee was "deeply religious" from an early age and prayed with his grandfather but had never been to a church. The website heavily suggests that Lee is the "Promised Pastor" mentioned in the Bible.

He is, however, the third person on the coronavirus-hit cruise ship to have died. Meanwhile, in South Korea, details are emerging about the movements of people who are part of a secretive church and who have been linked to the virus spread. The church’s worshippers believe founder Lee Man-hee, 88, is the second coming of Christ, and that he will ultimately decide who will be saved on Judgment Day.

The finishing touches are being put on one of the world’s largest container ships, the HMM St Petersburg, on the island of Geoj on the southern tip of South Korea. The ship is 62 metres (203ft) wide and 400 metres (1,300ft) long. If it stood on end, it would be 100 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. The ship is scheduled for delivery in September 2020, and is set to make its maiden voyage from Shanghai to other Chinese ports before heading to Europe.