In South Korea, the number of cases of infection with coronavirus associated with visiting bars and clubs in Seoul’s Itaewon district, as of noon on may 12 has risen to 102, was announced by the Korean center for control and disease prevention (KCDC).
It is believed that the distribution of infection was 29-year-old man who 2, 3 and 5 may visited five clubs in Itaewon, said the newspaper The Korea Herald.
In KCDC reported that of the 102 souls 73 were infected during visits to different establishments in Itaewon, and 29 is a contact person (family members, friends, colleagues).
Health authorities urged anyone who was in the area from April 24 to may 6, to voluntarily undergo testing for coronavirus.
Just this period in Itaewon, visited more than 10 thousand people, said the Agency Yonhap. There are many gay establishments, and many visitors seemed fictitious names and left false contact information at the entrance to clubs and bars, which may be associated with homophobia in South Korean society, said the Agency Reuters. At the moment the health authorities were able to check more than 7 thousand people, which somehow could be related to outbreak in Itaewon, including employees of the club.
Authorities plan to examine data from mobile phones, transactions are conducted with credit cards, the surveillance video to identify people that have visited night clubs in Seoul.
Some of the media who covered the outbreak in Itaewon announced that the first patient had visited gay clubs, which aroused the concern of human rights organizations, since such information may lead to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, said the Agency Reuters.
Due to the improvement of the epidemiological situation on April 19 in South Korea began to relax the quarantine, and may 6, the country had only the rule of physical distancing. But due to the outbreak of Itaewon in Seoul may 9, suspended the work of clubs and bars. In addition, across the country for a week, until may 20, decided to postpone the opening of schools.
Now in South Korea was 10 936 cases of infection with coronavirus, 258 people died. Authorities fear that the outbreak in Seoul could trigger a second wave of the epidemic.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 4.2 million people, including more than 286,8 thousand died, and 1.46 million recovered.