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(2nd LD) PM Chung Sye-kyun tests negative for COVID-19 after aide gets infected

All News 18:42 September 22, 2020

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with Chung's negative test)

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun tested negative for the new coronavirus Tuesday after one of his close aides was infected.

Chung received the testing at a community health center in central Seoul in the morning after a director general in the Prime Minister's Secretariat tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day, the office said.

Chung ended his self-quarantine following the negative test result. The office noted that Chung was not technically classified as a close contact of the patient, as the two had not met face-to-face since Sept. 16. Chung took the test as a precaution.

Following the test, the prime minister canceled the rest of his schedule for the day, including an inspection of virus prevention measures at a big grocery store in southern Seoul.

His Tuesday dinner gathering planned with leaders of the main opposition People Power Party was also canceled.

Chung's younger brother died earlier Tuesday and the prime minister may visit the altar in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul, later in the evening.

The confirmed patient received the test Monday after learning that a person he met on Sept. 7 tested positive for the virus.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun (C) heads to a Cabinet meeting at the government complex in Seoul on Sept. 22, 2020. (Yonhap)


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