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Passengers wearing masks line up to board their planes at the domestic flight terminal of Seoul’s Gimpo airport on May 27. Ahn Young-Joon / AP

In South Korea, a total of 259 coronavirus cases have now been linked to a group in Seoul’s Itaewon entertainment district known for its night clubs and bars.

It may also have given rise to a second cluster, which the authorities are rushing to contain.

The night club cluster emerged on May 9, after an infected person visited multiple clubs. In the following weeks, the authorities tested tens of thousands of people who were in the area or who may have been exposed indirectly.

One person, who had been infected by the disco group, visited a buffet restaurant. Then, another diner was reported infected and brought back to a logistics center in the city of Bucheon.

36 cases have now been linked to that logistics center – 32 employees and four of their family members, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Authorities estimate that up to 4,000 people may have been exposed to the virus through this cluster and have so far conducted around 1,920 tests.

City and health officials are still conducting epidemiological investigations, the KCDC said.

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