Slowdown in Coronavirus Cases Traced to Itaewon Clubs

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    May 18, 2020 12:06

    New coronavirus infections traced to the clubs and bars of Seoul’s Itaewon district seem to be easing.

    Korea reported 15 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 11,065, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and only five of them were local ones.

    About a week ago Korea saw more than a dozen cases a day, but now they have decreased to single digits for three straight days -- nine on Saturday, six on Sunday and five on Monday.

    Seoul's usually bustling Itaewon district is deserted on Sunday. /Newsis

    But Jung Eun-kyeong, the chief of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "We need to monitor the situation for another week."

    As of Sunday, the cases traced to Itaewon clubs increased to 168.

    Jung voiced concern that "secondary, tertiary and quaternary infections are increasing." Some 79 cases were happened those who did not go to clubs or bars themselves.

    Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said, "The latest community infection is within manageable levels, but what is worrying is that secondary, tertiary and quaternary infections account for almost half."

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