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South Korea fears second wave after spike in new cases

10 May 2020 at 12:16am
cluster of new coronavirus cases in South Korea has forced the closure of bars and clubs across its capital city, amid fears of a second wave of infections as the country cautiously emerges from lockdown.

South Korea reported 34 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the biggest daily rise in a month, bringing the total number of infections to 10,874.

The country had acted swiftly to bring its initial outbreak under control, and was widely regarded as a success story because of its aggressive containment strategy.

But on Saturday, just days after restrictions were relaxed, the mayor of Seoul ordered all bars and clubs in the city to be shut, citing fears of an “explosion of infections”.

The new spike in cases are linked to a 29-year-old man who went on a night out in Seoul's popular Itaewon district last weekend.

Now health authorities are scrambling to trace and test an estimated 1,510 people who visited the same venues as the man.

On Sunday, President Moon Jae-in said the new cluster of infections had "raised awareness that even during the stabilisation phase, similar situations can arise again anytime".

In a speech, the president said the country must not lower its guard to the virus, adding: “It’s not over until it’s over”.

Welcome to Sunday's live coronavirus coverage. Here are some of the latest global developments.

More than four million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University

The mayor of South Korean capital Seoul closed the city's bars and clubs on Saturday after a cluster of new cases just days after the country began reopening. On Sunday South Korea reported 34 new cases - its highest daily total in a month

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Three key US officials guiding the coronavirus response, including Dr Anthony Fauci, were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who tested positive

New South Wales, Australia’s biggest state, will allow cafes and restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on Friday.

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