South Korea on Friday said that nearly 6,000 places of worship have violated government rules devised to stem the spread of coronavirus, local media reported.

The country’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters inspected some 44,296 religious facilities across the country past week.

“The government caught more than 5,900 religious facilities violating the guidelines,” Yonhap News Agency quoted a government official as saying.

The violators were found not checking visitors’ body temperatures and not maintaining at least a 2-meter distance between them.

“The authorities issued executive orders for 581 of the facilities. Those who do not comply with such orders

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