South Korea saw the highest increase in new cases of coronavirus in nearly two months this Wednesday, as more bars and club infections have occurred in a quarter of the capital, Seoul, while fatalities remain at 269.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in South Korea, 40 infections were registered on the last day, 37 of which were local, increasing the total number of pandemic cases to 11,265. This increase is the largest in 49 days, according to the Yonhap news agency.
The country would have brought the pandemic almost under complete control thanks to its massive test campaign and strict social distance, which allowed it to reduce daily cases to just two to three weeks. However, new group infections associated with Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul, have reversed this situation.
Itaewon has emerged as a focus of group infections after a 29-year-old man tested positive on May 6 after visiting several clubs and bars in the neighborhood. As of Tuesday, the South Korean authorities have identified 257 infections related to this neighborhood.
As a result of this group infection, other transmission cases are taking place in other parts of the country, for example in a logistics center in Bucheon, west of Seoul. At least 36 cases related to the logistics center had been registered by Wednesday, but authorities expect further infections as COVID-19 tests are performed on 3,600 employees.