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SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s virus fight appears to be dragging on as sporadic outbreaks tied to an infection cluster in Seoul’s nightlife district of Itaewon continued ahead of another phase of school reopening.
The 19 new cases, with 16 being local infections, raised South Korea’s total coronavirus caseload to 11,225, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
The daily increase in new virus cases stayed below 20 for the second day after hovering around the threshold for three days.
Itaewon has emerged as a new hotbed for the spread of COVID-19 after a 29-year-old man tested positive for the virus on May 6 following his visits to multiple clubs and bars in Itaewon.
As of noon, 255 cases have been linked to Itaewon clubs, up 18 from a day earlier. Nearly half of those cases were identified in Seoul.
One recent case involved seven stages of transmission traced to a patient in Incheon, who lied about visiting Itaewon and infected students he taught at a cram school. More than 83,000 have been tested over the Itaewon outbreak.
The KCDC said it is also keeping a close eye on cases coming from bible study meetings in some cities, as well as group infections at a logistics center in