SEOUL (Reuters) – Deluged with online orders as the coronavirus epidemic swept South Korea, e-commerce giant Coupang opened a new groceries warehouse and logistics centre near Seoul in March, providing food and other essentials to shoppers sheltering at home.
FILE PHOTO: A delivery man for Coupang Jung Im-hong wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus, loads packages before leaving to deliver them in Incheon, South Korea, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
But health authorities and former workers say the company may have failed to follow measures to prevent infections at the facility, which is now at the centre of South Korea’s latest outbreak of the disease.
More than 100 cases linked to the Coupang facility have been recorded in less than a week, raising the spectre of a second wave of COVID-19 in a country praised for containing the first outbreak.
Coupang, backed by Japan’s SoftBank and dubbed the