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Seoul Department Stores Close Temporarily as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Outside a Shinsegae department store in Daegu, South Korea
Outside a Shinsegae department store in Daegu, South Korea. Shutterstock. (Shutterstock.)

Shinsegae, Hyundai and Lotte are among the department store operators forced to temporarily close branches after employees tested positive for Covid-19, Korea JoongAng Daily reports.

Retailers are bracing themselves for stricter restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Korea’s fourth wave. The country’s toughest level of social distancing measures in Seoul and its surrounding areas will be imposed starting Monday; the Seoul metropolitan area will be placed under Level 4 distancing, the highest in the new social distancing system, until July 25, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said on July 9.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 1,316 new cases on July 8 — the highest daily count since Covid-19 broke out in Korea last January.

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