The number of infections in Korea increased to a record in a month due to a new outbreak

A shopping mall in Gimpo, South Korea, on May 1. Photo: Reuters.
A shopping mall in Gimpo, South Korea, on May 1. Photo: Reuters.

South Korea recorded 34 new cases of corona virus on May 10, the highest within a month, after the emergence of a new cluster of infection in a number of nightclubs where a positive patient arrived.

Of the new cases, 26 were domestic infections, 8 were from foreign countries, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

The number of 10/5 is the highest since 9/4. Over the past 10 days, South Korea has almost no new cases of domestic transmission. The number of new infections is less than 10 cases per day for many weeks.

The cluster of new infections in some nightclubs in Seoul is still small but growing. A man in his early thirties went to several nightclubs before testing positive for the virus.

As of 8/5, there have been 15 cases involving this man. On May 10, 14 of the 26 cases in Seoul were involved.

This spread caused the Seoul government on May 9 to order an immediate temporary closure of all nightlife venues. The city also said it had tracked 1,500 people to the nightclubs, and asked anyone who went there last weekend to isolate themselves 14 days and get tested.

South Korea has relaxed some distance regulations and wants to completely reopen schools, so as to move from strict distance to “gap in life”.

President Moon Jae In warned there will be a second wave of Covid-19 later this year, and said the recent infection cluster showed the risk of a virus outbreak coming back anytime.

“We are in a long war. I recommend that everyone obey the rules of safety … even if they resume their daily life, “he said.

One step in Korea’s “long war” was to give KCDC more rights, and rename KCDC from a “center” to the Disease Control and Prevention Administration. Local governments will also set up disease response systems with more experts.

“We will also promote the establishment of specialized infectious disease treatment hospitals and a national infectious disease research center … These tasks are urgent if we want to be ready for the second wave.” , Mr. Moon added.