In Sickness and in Health: Thousands of Couples Wear Face Masks at they Marry at Mass Church Service in South Korea

Thousands of couples – some in facemasks – tied the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding Friday, despite concerns in South Korea over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

The church founded by Sun Myung Moon distributed face coverings to the 30,000 crowds, but only some donned them.

‘I am overwhelmed that I am getting married today,’ said Choi Ji-young, who met her husband matched by the church only two months.

It would be a lie if I said I was not concerned at all about the infection,’ said the 21-year-old university student.

South Korea has recorded 24 cases of the novel coronavirus outbreak that emerged in neighbouring 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.

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