S. Korean health authorities to announce decision on further quarantine response in metropolitan area on Friday amid continuing cluster infections

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South Korea is teetering on the brink of losing momentum in its fight against the coronavirus as cluster infections continue to spread quickly in the Seoul metropolitan region.
Health authorities are set to announce on Friday... further quarantine response to try and nip the problem in the bud.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
South Korea continues to grapple with the spread of the coronavirus,... with most cases concentrated in the Seoul metropolitan area.
On top of major cluster infections including Richway, a door-to-door sales company in Seoul and an indoor table tennis gym,... there are also sporadic cluster outbreaks that have sparked new concerns for quarantine authorities.
They are deeply worried about the difficulty they have keeping up with the speed of infections spreading across the community.
"We are currently tracing after outbreaks. The ongoing infection and transmission routes will be crucial in setting future quarantine responses."
The South Korean government has been reviewing the effectiveness of intensified life quarantine measures in Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi-do Province, which is scheduled to run through June 14th.
Its final decision is due Friday.
Such measures come as in June alone,... 97 percent of new cases were concentrated in the Seoul metropolitan area.
As of Thursday, all of the 40 locally transmitted cases were in the metropolitan area.
"We see sporadic cluster infections at various venues, including small religious group meetings, a door-to-door sales company and a table tennis club."
Cases tied to Richway are on the rise,... leading to other clusters as well.
As of noon on Thursday,... a total of 116 patients were confirmed in relation to Richway.
The cluster infection related to a table tennis club in southwestern Seoul has also led to infections at a welfare center for senior citizens,... increasing to 60 just a week since the first outbreak.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.