SEOUL, South Korea on Thursday reported a continued spike in new coronavirus cases linked to a logistics center in a city west of Seoul, which has emerged as yet another cluster.
A total of 69 cases have been traced to the logistics center operated by the country’s leading e-commerce operator Coupang in Bucheon as of early Thursday, according to health authorities.
The first related case, confirmed last week, is believed to be linked to a cram school instructor in nearby Incheon, who contracted the virus after a visit to Seoul’s nightlife area of Itaewon that has emerged as the capital city’s largest cluster
Concerns about community spread have mounted, as Seoul and the surrounding areas are home to roughly half of South Korea’s population of more than 50 million.
“It looks like preventive measures against the epidemic by employees at the facility, such as wearing masks or taking a break if they are sick, have not been properly carried out,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said during a meeting.
“Infection routes are being diversified in work places, cram schools and karaoke rooms in the metropolitan area,” Park said.
Health authorities said they are conducting an epidemiological study into the cases, adding that workers at the facility did not appear to properly comply with quarantine measures.
Source: Yonhap News Agency