South Korea Records Spike In New Coronavirus Cases After Nightclub Outbreak

South Korea reported 34 new coronavirus infections Sunday, its highest daily tally in about a month, following an outbreak tied to several nightclubs and bars. Korean health officials said that 24 of the new cases originate from Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood. Authorities had recently identified a 29-year-old man who tested positive for the virus after visiting five nightclubs and bars in the commercial district. Authorities believe as many as 1,500 people were in attendance during the time the man said he visited those clubs over the weekend of May 1. Overall, at least 54 cases have been linked to that outbreak including 43 nightclub patrons and another 11 people acquainted with the club goers. In response, Seoul closed bars and nightclubs this weekend as authorities worked to contain the outbreak. The spike of new infections is the highest South Korea has seen since reporting 39 new cases on April 9. . In the subsequent weeks, infections originating within the country declined


Author: WGCU Public Media