South Korea reports 51 new cases of Covid-19

A medical worker in protective gear sprays mist on her colleague during a hot day at an outdoor clinic for coronavirus tests at a public health facility in the southwestern city of Gwangju, South Korea. EPA-EFE/YONHAP

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South Korea on Saturday reported 51 new cases of Covid-19, mostly in the densely populated capital region, as authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low-income workers who can’t afford to stay home.

The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought national totals to 11,719 cases and 273 deaths.

At least 34 of the new cases were linked to door-to-door sellers hired by Richway, a Seoul-based health product provider.

The vice-health minister, Kim Gang-lip, said the spread of the virus 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 infections.

More than 120 infections have also been linked to a massive warehouse operated by Coupang, a local e-commerce giant, which has been accused of failing to properly implement preventive measures and having employees work even when sick.

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