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(LEAD) Main opposition official at National Assembly tests positive for COVID-19

All News 15:29 September 03, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with Lee Nak-yon's self-quarantine case in paras 3-4)

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- An official of the main opposition party's secretariat tested positive for the new coronavirus Thursday, raising the alert over additional infections at the National Assembly.

The People Power Party official whose office is at the National Assembly in Yeouido, western Seoul, is a Seoul resident in her 30s. Health authorities plan to screen other employees at the office.

The party has canceled an internal event that was scheduled for 2 p.m.

As a result, Rep. Lee Nak-yon, the newly elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, went into self-quarantine again, as he had met with one of the close contacts of the patient.

It is the second time that the high-profile politician has been isolated in a month. Lee completed a two-week self-quarantine last Friday after coming into indirect contact with a COVID-19 patient during a radio interview early last month.

The latest case comes just days after the National Assembly resumed operations after coming to a temporary halt in late August due to the new coronavirus.

The parliament's main buildings had been closed for disinfection after a photojournalist posted at the National Assembly tested positive in the first COVID-19 case reported from inside parliament.

Officials at the National Assembly in western Seoul affix barricade tape inside the building after a secretary for the main opposition People Power Party tested positive for the new coronavirus on Sept. 3, 2020. (Yonhap)

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