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  • At Least 170 Virus Infections Tied To Itaewon Cluster

A back alley in Itaewon is deserted Saturday afternoon amid a new coronavirus cluster.
A back alley in Itaewon is deserted Saturday afternoon amid a new coronavirus cluster.
South Korea has reported at least 170 novel coronavirus infections linked to a new cluster in Seoul’s international district of Itaewon.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two more confirmed cases were added Monday.

Eighty-nine of them visited bars and clubs in Itaewon from the end of April to early May when a 29-year-old man from Yongin visited the nightlife establishments despite showing symptoms of the disease.

The remaining 81 cases are family members, acquaintances and colleagues that were said to have been infected by the bar and club-goers.

KCDC Director Jung Eun-kyeong noted one of the cases that went to the establishments also visited a nightclub in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province around the same time.

Jung urged people that were at the Merit club from the late night of May 9 to the early hours of May 10 to visit local health centers to get tested for the coronavirus.

In a separate tally, meanwhile, the country reported 15 additional infections Monday, including the two tied to the Itaewon cluster.

Among the new cases confirmed in the past day, five were locally transmitted and 10 were imported from abroad.

The total number of cases recorded now stands at 11,065.

The death toll, meanwhile, rose by one to 263.

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