SKorea reported 51 new cases of COVID19 on Saturday, most of them are in the highly populated area, as South Korea authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low income workers who can't afford to stay home.
As of Saturday afternoon, at least 42 of the new COVID19 cases were linked to door to door sellers hired by Richway, a Seoul based health product provider.
Kim Gang-lip vice health minister said the spread of the Coronavirus among richway sellers was particularly alarming as most of them are in their 60s and 70s. He called for officials to strengthen their efforts to find and examine workplaces vulnerable to COVID19 infections.
Nearly 130 Coronavirus positive cases have also been connected to a huge warehouse operated by Coupang, a local e-commerce giant, which has been accused of failing to properly implement preventive measuresand having workers work even when they are sick.
South Korea has now confirmed 11,719 COVID19 CASES, including 273 deaths.
South Korea was reporting around 500 new COVID19 cases everyday in early March due to a masive outbreak surrounding the southern city of Daegu, before South Korean oficials managed to stabilise the situation with agressive testing and tracking.
But the recent renewal of Coronavirus cases in the greater capital area, where about half of SKorea's 51 million people live, is now threatening to erase some of the country's hard-won gains. It has also led to second guessing whether South Korean officials were too quick to ease social distancing and reopen schools.
Hospital officials and health authorities on Friday participated in a table top exercise for sharing hospital capacities between Seoul and near by cities and ensure swift transports of patients so that a spike of COVID19 cases in one area doesn't overwhelm its hospital system.