South Korea's President Moon Jae-in warned people in the country on Sunday about the second wave of coronavirus infection after 54 COVID-19 new cases have been linked to nightclubs in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district.
43 of the people had visited clubs and 11 others are either family members or friends of the clubgoers. Nightclub patrons are between infected people. “We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” he said. The country has 10,874 infections with 256 deaths but 9,610 have recovered. Officials are now working to find an estimated 1,510 people who visited the clubs last week in order to test them for the virus.
The mayor of Incheon, a city near Seoul, ordered the temporary closure of clubs, discos and other nightlife establishments. Similar decision was imposed in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province. Anyone violating the order can be punished by up to two years in prison or a 20 million won ($16,380) fine. Other relaxation measures could be postponed. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday the government will decide on whether it will reopen schools in stages starting from May 13 as planned until now. South Korea had set the "global standard" in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said.