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S. Korea reports 25 new virus cases, total at 11,190

All Headlines 10:38 May 24, 2020

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported 25 more cases of the new coronavirus Sunday as health officials are trying to bring mass infections tied to Seoul's nightlife district of Itaewon under control.

The new cases raised South Korea's total caseload to 11,190, while the nation's death toll remained unchanged at 266, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement.

The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries stood at 10,213, up 19 from the previous day, the health authorities said.

Itaewon has recently emerged as a hotbed for infections since a 29-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on May 6 following his visits to multiple clubs and bars in the neighborhood. More than 200 infections here have been traced to multiple nightspots there.

To avoid a second wave of infections, South Korea has been carrying out tens of thousands of tests on those who visited affected clubs between April 24 and May 6.

The coronavirus, which first emerged in China late last year, has killed at least 338,000 people around the world and infected more than 5.2 million in just a few months, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Seoul city officials put a notice of business suspension on the entrance of a "coin noraebang," a coin-operated karaoke room, in Seoul on May 22, 2020. (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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