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Co-worker of coronavirus patient who visited Itaewon clubs tests positive

All News 11:01 May 08, 2020

YONGIN, South Korea, May 8 (Yonhap) -- A co-worker of the novel coronavirus patient who visited clubs and bars in Seoul's popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon has tested positive for the virus, a local government said Friday.

Health authorities had classified the man, 31, as one of the 29-year-old patient's contacts, as they work in the same IT company based in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province.

The co-worker has been admitted to a hospital in Anseong in the same province after he was confirmed to have COVID-19 this morning, the Yongin city government said, adding that the man resides in the city.

So far, two of the 29-year-old patient's contacts have tested positive.

The man, whom health authorities consider is a case of community transmission, traveled to parts of the country and visited five clubs and bars in Itaewon over the weekend.

A health expert, who asked not to be named, voiced concern that visitors to such clubs and bars might be reluctant to reveal their identities and come forward to get tested, possibly allowing the virus to quietly spread.

The city said it identified 58 contacts of the man in its jurisdiction, including 44 co-workers. The man's company has been shut down to stem the spread of the virus.

People walk past a dance club in the popular international district of Itaewon in Seoul on May 7, 2020. The club was shut down, as a man in his 20s who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the place on May 1. Some 500 people were reportedly there at that time. (Yonhap)

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