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New COVID-19 case identified at Seoul logistics center

Retail/Tourism 11:28 June 15, 2020

SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- A new coronavirus case was newly identified at a logistics center in southeastern Seoul on Monday, raising concerns over a possibly bigger outbreak in the metropolitan area.

One employee at a Lotte logistics center in the southeastern ward of Songpa has tested negative, according to the Seoul metropolitan government.

The employee, who lives in nearby Gyeonggi Province, has been registered as a patient in the province surrounding Seoul.

The number of employees working at the logistics center is known to be bigger than at a Coupang logistics center in Bucheon, west of Seoul, where a mass infection cluster broke out in May.

South Korea reported 37 new cases on Monday, raising its total COVID-19 caseload to 12,121, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 24 local infections, all but two were reported in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, which are home to roughly half of the country's 50 million population.

A health worker at a screening center in the southern Seoul ward of Gangnam assists a visitor on June 12, 2020. (Yonhap)

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