Seoul, May 23 : South Korea on Saturday reported 23 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus amid stepped-up efforts to slow the spread of the infections linked to nightlife spots in Seoul's multicultural district of Itaewon. The new COVID-19 infections raised the country's total caseload to 11,165, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, adding that two patients died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 266. The number of new virus cases has grown over the past couple of days due to continued infections tied to Itaewon clubs and bars.
Of the 23 newly reported cases, 19 were community infections, and four were imported cases, according to the KCDC, Yonhap said in a report. The fatality rate came to 2.38 percent, it added. South Korea has not yet reported any deaths from patients aged 29 or younger. (UNI)