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Covid: Seoul bans speedy songs in gyms to stop sweating

BBC News

July 12, 2021

Gyms in South Korea’s capital Seoul and its surrounding region have been told not to play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm), in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Treadmills will be limited to a maximum of 6km/h (3.7 mph). Health officials say the restrictions will prevent people from breathing too fast or splashing sweat on each other.

A quick look at K-pop bpms suggests Blackpink fans might suffer a bit more than followers of BTS. South Korea is battling a new outbreak of the virus, with 1,100 new cases recorded on Sunday.

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