|A professional baseball game between KT Wiz and the Kia Tigers is held without spectators in the southwestern city of Gwangju, Thursday, amid stricter social distancing guidelines. Yonhap|
By Bahk Eun-ji
Concern is growing over a resurgence of COVID-19 during the summer holiday season following an outbreak at a campsite in Gangwon Province, heath authorities said Friday.
In particular, some point out that not only vacation spots but also baseball stadiums where only a few spectators are allowed to enter can also be hotbeds for the virus as spectators flock to certain sections, making it difficult to follow social distancing guidelines.
Health authorities are staying vigilant over another wave of infections in the summer amid sustained rises in local infections and cases coming in from overseas.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the country added 36 new cases, including 22 imported cases, Thursday, taking the nation's total caseload to 14,305. The number of daily new locally transmitted cases bounced back to a double-digit figure, after it fell to seven Wednesday.
Cases tied to the campsite in the eastern city of Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, added three cases to nine in total. Six families involving 18 people went camping there together recently.
"It is much safer to wear a face mask when it's hard to keep two meters of distance even during outdoors activities. We will guide the public with more details for daily anti-infection guidelines ahead of the holiday season," KCDC Director Jeong Eun-kyeong said during a regular briefing at the government complex in Sejong.
Jeong also called on citizens not to lower their guard against infection, especially at outdoor places including beaches, mountains and campsites.
The government also warned a professional baseball club in Busan for not complying with social distancing guidelines at its home stadium earlier in the week. Spectators started being allowed to attend sports events last weekend on a limited basis under the condition that professional baseball and football teams would implement strict sanitary measures.