• New Virus Clusters In S. Korea Raise Alarm Bells

Personnel at Samsung Medical Center talk to one another after four nurses there were infected with the novel coronavirus.
Personnel at Samsung Medical Center talk to one another after four nurses there were infected with the novel coronavirus.
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Concerns continue to linger over the novel coronavirus in South Korea amid a few new clusters of infection.

The latest cases are putting government officials and the public on edge as the country tries to return to life before the outbreak.

Ron Chang reports.

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Virus infections linked to bars and clubs in Seoul's popular nightlife district of Itaewon are showing no signs of letting up.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of noon Thursday, 10 more people have been infected with the coronavirus for a total of 206 cases tied to Itaewon.

Ninety-five of total cases visited nightlife establishments in Itaewon from the end of April to early May while the remaining 111 people are those that bar and club-goers came into contact with.

They include family members, acquaintances and colleagues.

The KCDC has again urged those that were in Itaewon during this period to get tested for the virus if they experience symptoms.

Another worrying cluster is infections among four nurses at Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul.

Na Baek-joo, the city government's public healthcare management director, told a briefing earlier that confirmed cases in connection with the hospital has increased by two to six.

The two latest cases are said to be friends of one of the nurses.

Na said they visited a bar and singing room at Gangnam Station early this month.

He added that officials have expanded the period and scope of their contact tracing for the Samsung Medical Center cluster to begin from the May 7 movements of the country's 11,088th patient.

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