|Officials take the temperature of applicants who came to take an employment exam of the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) at Myongji College in Seoul, Sunday. / Yonhap|
By Jun Ji-hye
Visitors to gyms, cram schools, bars and other crowded establishments are exposed to higher risk of COVID-19 infections, and their “easygoing attitude” has been leading to a continuous rise in infection clusters in the densely populated capital area, the health authorities warned Sunday.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said 164 patients have been traced to the multi-level marketing company, Richway, as of noon Sunday, up from 153 the previous day. The first case linked to the company ― a man in his 70s ― was confirmed June 2.
Initially, patients traced to Richway were mostly elderly citizens as the company was selling health food supplements, but infections are believed to have occurred for those in their 20s who live a more active life and frequently visit crowded spaces.
A female patient in her 70s, who had contracted the virus after visiting Richway, May 30, has spread the virus to at least 30 people in a commercial real estate agency in Seoul. Among the 30 was a part-time worker there in her 20s.
The young woman then attended a foreign language school in Gangnam District, and