South Korea reports 27 new COVID-19 cases after cluster infection in Itaewon

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Enamul Hafiz Latifee compiles,

– South Korea reports 27 more cases of new coronavirus, total now at 10,936
– Two additional virus deaths, raising the death toll to 258
– 38 more people released after full recovery from coronavirus, bringing total to 9,670

 

South Korea is again raising its guard against a cluster infection linked to clubs and bars in Seoul as a large number of potential cases are still out of contact and related confirmed cases have been reported in many cities.

The country reported 27 more cases of the new coronavirus on Monday, with 22 of them local cases, bringing the nation’s total infections to 10,936, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The number of virus cases connected to bars and clubs in Seoul’s popular nightlife district of Itaewon climbed to 94 on Monday,  11 May 2020 amid growing concerns over a high risk of community spread.

 

The country had been adding fewer than 15 cases of COVID-19 since mid-April, with the number of domestic infections even falling to zero at some points, before rebounding to 18 and 34 cases over the weekend to reach 35 on Monday.

The hike came after a man in his 20’s who tested positive for COVID-19 visited clubs and bars in Itaewon on 01 May. More than 1,500 people were believed to have visited those places during the time with the virus patient.

According to Seoul city, it has secured the names of 5,517 people who visited the affected facilities and has gotten in touch with just 2,405 of them.

After keeping local infections at zero for a few days, South Korea saw an unexpected spike in cases coming from entertainment facilities in the area, with infections reported not only in Seoul but across the country.

 

Imported cases, which were the biggest threat for South Korea’s quarantine operations over recent days, are now less of a concern. But the country still added five such cases Monday.

The country added two more deaths with its death toll at 256, the KCDC said.

In total, 9,670 people in South Korea have recovered from the virus, up 38 from a day earlier.

 

South Korea gave the go-ahead to the normalization of public facilities and other business establishments, under the condition that they follow basic sanitation measures, Wednesday. Schools will also open in phases soon.

Seoul, the most populous city, imposed an administrative order to effectively suspend business at clubs, bars, and other nightlife establishments Saturday. The precautionary measure will remain in place until further notice.

 

The country remains vigilant over more cluster infections from the previous holiday that ran from 30 April through 05 May, as many South Koreans made short trips across the nation. The incubation period of the COVID-19 virus is roughly two weeks.

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