16 fresh coronavirus cases linked to gym in South Korean apartment building

South Korea reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday, 36 of which were locally transmitted and 27 imported, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Of the new infections, 25 cases are linked to an apartment building in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi, near Seoul. Sixteen of those have been connected to an indoor gym a resident visited.

Another cluster recorded this week involves a temple in Gwangju, where about 60 cases have been reported. Gwangju is the sixth-largest city in South Korea, located in the southwest of the country.

That brings the national total to 13,030 cases. About 11,800 people in the country have recovered from Covid-19 so far, while 936 remain in quarantine. There have been 283 deaths from the disease in South Korea, with one additional fatality Friday.

Kwon Joon-wook, Deputy Director of the KCDC, said gene analysis was being conducted on the fresh clusters, the results of which will be released next week.

“Mutated coronavirus has been detected in South Korea and an epidemic investigation team has been dispatched to Gwangju,” he said. “It is concerning that the virus seems to be spreading faster than the past cases in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.”

16 fresh coronavirus cases linked to gym in South Korean apartment building

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