Health officials announced thirteen new cases on Friday. The cases were connected to a 29-year-old man who visited five nightclubs in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood last weekend.
Officials warn they expect more to come. Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said at a press briefing on Friday, “We believe we will have another community infection. The spread took place in enclosed and crowded spaces. Transmission with no known source of infection can lead to a widespread cluster infection.”
Officials estimate that he may have come into contact with more than 1,500 people across the five venues.
In response to the new outbreak, the government issued a nationwide health advisory that encourages bars and nightclubs to suspend operations for another month.