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S. Korea working to test Itaewon clubbers for coronavirus

All News 10:02 May 09, 2020

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun instructed officials Saturday to find those who visited clubs in Seoul's popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon last week and test them for the novel coronavirus.

The comments came a day after at least 18 COVID-19 cases associated with a person who visited clubs and bars in Itaewon last weekend have been confirmed.

The 29-year-old patient, whom health authorities consider the first patient in the cluster infection, visited five clubs and bars in Itaewon from the night of May 1 to the early hours of the following morning.

Chung also told officials to ensure that the clubbers, estimated to be 1,510 people, can receive tests while keeping their names and other personal information confidential.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has urged visitors of those clubs to self-isolate to limit the possible spread of the virus.


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