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Divisive politics

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April 15 election makes fight against virus harder

One of the worst things happening in South Korea as the new coronavirus spreads rapidly in some areas is the resurgence of divisive politics based on regionalism and ideological confrontation. This is largely associated with the April 15 general election, which, in a nutshell, is expected to be a duel between opponents and proponents of President Moon Jae-in.

What is particularly worrisome is some nasty politicking over Daegu, a conservative stronghold that has become the epicenter of the ballooning outbreak in the nation. As of Wednesday morning, the country's COVID-19 cases surged to 1,146 ― compared to only 51 a week earlier ― and some 80 percent of the cases are reportedly linked to the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which is regarded........

© The Korea Times