Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in S. Korea below 50 for 2 straight days


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South Korea has reported fewer than 50 new cases of the novel coronavirus for the second straight day, but health authorities say it's too early to let our guard down as community transmission is still a problem in the metropolitan areas.
This comes as two employees at one of the biggest club style pubs in Seoul's Gangnam district tested positive prompting contact tracing of possibly hundreds.
Our Hong Yoo reports.
The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea has been below 50 for two consecutive days.
South Korea had 47 new cases on both Monday and Tuesday.
It is the first time since February 20th that the number has been below 50.
After February 20th, the number had surged up to 800 a day due to community transmissions in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
Health authorities say that the recent fall in new cases was thanks to citizens actively participating in social distancing, but the government says this is no time for people to let their guard down.
"If we let our guard down due to the recent decrease, we could experience a spike of new cases again in the coming days. Patients are continuously being confirmed in the metropolitan areas that there still is a risk of multiple infections."
In Seoul, one women working at an adult entertainment establishment in Gangnam tested positive for the virus on April 1st.
She had contracted the virus from a man who had tested positive after returning from Japan.
She started to self-quarantine on March 29th after showing symptoms of the respiratory disease.
Her roommate also tested positive last Sunday.
Health authorities are conducting an epidemiological survey to find out how many others have come into contact with these women.
In efforts to prevent further cluster infections, the health authorities are also conducting stricter inspections on nightclubs to make sure they are taking disinfection measures.
The inspections will take place every day from 11pm to 4am.
This comes after young people were still seen lining up in front of night clubs despite a social distancing campaign.
Hong Yoo Arirang News.

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