South Korean authorities in Seoul have ordered the immediate closure of over 2,100 nightlife venues such as clubs and bars in the capital city after experiencing a rebound of dozens of infections relating to their reopening last weekend in the well-known area.
THIS administrative order, signed by the Mayor Park Won Soon, implied the “immediate and indefinite suspension of activity for these businesses and threatens serious penalties” in the case of non-compliance.
A “lack of carefreeness can spark an explosion of contagions. We have found this out the hard way after the Itaewon club group infections,” added the mayor.
This is what many experts in Spain also fear, that after relaxing measures and reopening bars and restaurants will cause people to lose their prudence regarding the virus and that the number of new infections will go up again.
This is precisely the reason why Spain is advancing phase by phase rather than setting specific dates which cannot be returned from. If the same happens in Spain and the medical system cannot cope with the new number of cases, then provinces and territories will be forced to return to a previous phase.
On Saturday, Korean authorities reported 18 new infections and 17 of them alone had been related to one individual who had visited five different stores over the weekend.
However, this number could increase because there were at least 1,500 registered club entrances, 1,300 of which have not been located.
Authorities have urged those who have visited the Itaewon premises in the last week to get tested and avoid leaving their homes to avoid further infections.
South Korea returned to normalcy on Wednesday after reducing the number of contagions to double digits, despite being one of the worse affected countries at the beginning of the crisis.