Thousands of South Korean workers rally in Seoul

The protest was pushed ahead even after officials denied permission for Saturday's protest amid a spike in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant, and Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum urged Korean Confederation of Trade Union leaders to cancel the rally.

The protest, calling for wage hikes and measures to prevent accidents, has raised concerns about a repeat of last summer when a massive political rally traced to a church sparked a second wave of infections in South Korea.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 794 cases as of Friday (July 2), slightly lower than the previous day.

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