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Kimchi factory emerges as new COVID-19 infection cluster with 18 cases

All News 11:54 September 03, 2020

CHEONGYANG, South Korea, Sept. 3, 2020 (Yonhap) -- A kimchi factory in the southwestern county of Cheongyang has emerged as a hotbed for new coronavirus infections, with 18 cases reported in relation to the facility, officials said Thursday.

The cluster surfaced after a factory employee, a Nepalese national in her 20s, first tested positive at a community health center after showing flu-like symptoms.

Health authorities traced 131 others, including employees and people who may have come into close contact with her. Seventeen others tested positive.

This photo shows a kimchi factory in Cheongyang, South Chungcheong Province, where employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus, on Sept. 3, 2020. (Yonhap)
Doors to a kimchi factory in Cheongyang, South Chungcheong Province, where employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus, are closed on Sept. 3, 2020. (Yonhap)

Most of the patients are factory employees in their 30s to 60s who live at a company dormitory or commute from the nearby counties of Hongseong and Boryeong.

Authorities suspect the virus spread at the factory. They have yet to determine the infection route of the first identified patient.

On Thursday, South Korea reported 195 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total caseload to 20,644, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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