(2nd LD) Table tennis clubs asked to close, as coronavirus cases top 1,000 in Seoul

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SEOUL, June eight (Yonhap) — All table tennis services in Seoul have been beneficial Monday to shut quickly to assist curb the unfold of the coronavirus, after a brand new cluster of infections broke out at a ping pong membership within the metropolis’s western ward of Yangcheon.

Seoul Mayor Park Received-soon mentioned his authorities ordered all 350 table tennis golf equipment within the metropolis to close down in the interim or to function on the situation that they completely comply with authorities pointers on stopping the unfold of COVID-19.

The most recent administrative order for table tennis golf equipment got here after related restrictions have been imposed on different indoor sports activities services involving intense bodily actions, reminiscent of group train, Zumba, aerobics, Taebo and spinning.

In one of many current an infection clusters within the Seoul metropolitan space, not less than 29 confirmed coronavirus instances have been traced to the Yangcheon ping pong membership.

Due largely to the spate of cluster infections that concerned a well being product retailer, golf equipment, church buildings, warehouses and name facilities, the variety of cumulative COVID-19 infections in Seoul has now topped 1,000, 137 days after the primary affected person was reported on Jan. 24. In line with the authorities, the capital’s coronavirus instances rose to 1,014 as of 6 p.m. Monday, with 152 of them occurring this month.

The Seoul authorities has additionally ordered residents to not collect at gross sales promotions, leisure and academic conferences and seminars organized by multilevel advertising and marketing or door-to-door gross sales corporations, estimated to quantity over 7,300, Park mentioned.

“The municipal authorities will step up its monitoring of table tennis rooms and different indoor sports activities services. Gatherings hosted by multilevel and door-to-door entrepreneurs may also be banned. The federal government will take a lot harder measures sooner or later, if vital,” Park mentioned in a press convention.

Referring to the case of Richway, a well being product retailer chargeable for greater than 50 infections, Park mentioned ward workplaces and police will collectively crack down on illicit enterprise practices by unregistered retail companies, like Richway.

Richway has held gross sales promotional conferences and seminars for customers at its workplace in Jowon-dong, Gwanak Ward, and a lot of the contributors have been reportedly aged folks. Throughout these gatherings, gross sales of well being care merchandise have been allegedly held alongside leisure actions in order that the aged contributors wouldn’t get bored.

The mayor harassed that his authorities’s robust measures are inevitable as a result of speedy unfold of the coronavirus in current weeks.

As an example, the copy charge of the coronavirus, which displays the common variety of folks getting contaminated by a affected person, has elevated to 1 or extra, whereas the proportion of coronavirus instances of unknown origins surged from 2.5 p.c in Might to 13.2 p.c this month, he mentioned.

Park additionally famous that starting Monday, any Seoul citizen can get a free coronavirus check, no matter signs, in the event that they apply by way of the web site of the metropolitan authorities.

In the meantime, not less than 9 Chinese language nationals residing in a southern Seoul shelter run by a Christian church have examined optimistic for the coronavirus after considered one of them attended a gross sales promotion assembly of Richway.

In line with the authorities, one of many residents of the Seoul Chinese language Church’s shelter for migrant staff in Guro Ward examined optimistic for COVID-19 Sunday after visiting the Richway workplace. On Monday, eight different shelter residents, aged between 59 and 81, have been discovered to be contaminated with the virus.

The eight infections have been discovered after the Guro Ward workplace performed an emergency coronavirus check on 33 shelter residents and three church officers, they mentioned, including sufferers have been all hospitalized and those that examined unfavourable can be remoted for 2 weeks.

As well as, the Guro workplace will conduct virus exams on all church members, estimated to quantity round 150. The church, run by an area assist group for migrant staff, mentioned its two most up-to-date Sunday providers drew 152 and 145 contributors, respectively, which included the shelter residents.