As many as 40 cases have been linked to the partygoer Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: Days after the South Korean government relaxed some social distancing norms, around 2,100 nightclubs, hostess bars and discos have been shut in Seoul after 18 new COVID-19 cases were reported related to a club-goer.

A 29-year-old had hopped across three clubs in Itaewon district on Saturday without wearing a mask. He tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.

The combined visitors’ list of the three premises rounds up to more than 1,500 patrons. Authorities have urged people to get test screenings done and appealed to stay indoors. Further, all nightclubs and hostess bars in the country have been advised to close for a month.

Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-soon confirmed 40 cases linked to the partygoer – 27 in Seoul, 12 in neighbouring Incheon and Gyeonggi towns, and one in the southern port city of Busan.

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