South Korea bans high-tempo songs in gyms

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Seoul. South Korea bans fitness centers in its capital, Seoul, and surrounding regions from playing high-tempo songs.

This is done to limit the spread of coronavirus, writes the BBC.

Thus, fitness centers are not allowed to play songs at a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute

Songs such as Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” just manage to cut at a pace of 117 and 113 beats per minute, respectively, the BBC reports.

On the other hand, songs like Pink’s “Raise your Glass” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” must not be played due to too high a tempo.

The treadmills in the gyms must also not be set at more than six kilometers per hour.

Health officials say the restrictions should prevent people from breathing too fast and from sweating too much.

In addition, people may use the gym for a maximum of two hours at a time indoors and may not use the shower. All facilities must be closed before 22:00.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

In the last 24 hours, for the seventh day in a row, South Korea has reported over 1000 new infections.

The outbreak is the largest in South Korea since the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to the more contagious Delta variant.

South Korea has generally fared better than many other industrialized nations during the pandemic in terms of number of infected and dead.

In total, the country with almost 52 million inhabitants, according to the statistical bank Statista, registered 169,146 infected and 2044 died with covid-19.

This corresponds to 325.2 infected and 4.0 dead per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.

In comparison, Denmark has registered 5125.4 infected and 43.6 dead per 100,000 inhabitants during the entire pandemic.

However, it can be difficult to compare the figures directly, as most countries have different testing strategies. It has an impact on how many infected and dead people are registered.

The recent rise in infection has prompted South Korean authorities to warn that daily infection rates could double before the end of July.

/ ritzau /

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