South Korea tracks new coronavirus outbreak in Seoul nightclubs

first_imgWhen several local media outlets identified the nightclubs as “gay clubs,” it sparked criticism the disclosures and media coverage could out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer(LGBTQ) individuals against their will or lead to discrimination.”Gay” and “Itaewon corona” were among the top trending terms on South Korea’s Naver web search portal following the reports.Some social media users worried that fear of public disclosure could deter some club goers from being tested, and compared the cluster to the country’s largest outbreak, which infected thousands of members of a secretive church.The reports included the age, gender, location and movements of the first individual who was tested positive after visiting those clubs, as well as the type of job he worked in, according to Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in Korea, the nation’s largest rights group.”It is not just unhelpful to disclose information of an individual’s movement for prevention efforts, but also a serious human rights violation that invades the individual’s privacy and has him outed to society,” the group said.Some local media later amended headlines, removing references to “gay bars” but did not make any official apologies.Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, and there is growing public acceptance of LGBTQ relations.Yet discrimination remains widespread and some gay people suffer hate crimes, rights advocates say.To battle the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea has embraced a high-tech approach to contact tracing, which can include accessing a patient’s cell phone location data, CCTV footage, credit card statements, and other information.Automated cell phone alerts are then sent to anyone suspected of having been in the same area as the confirmed case, with health authorities often disclosing details on the patient’s gender, age, whereabouts and sometimes workplace in an effort to track new cases.  “These venues have all the dangerous conditions that we were the most concerned about,” KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Friday, referring to crowding and ventilation issues.”We think it is necessary to strengthen management for such facilities and we urge you to refrain from visiting such facilities as much as possible.”Seoul city officials say they have a list of about 1,500 people who have visited the clubs, and more cases have been confirmed in other cities where the patients lived or travelled. Authorities have asked anyone who visited the clubs over the weekend to self isolate for 14 days and be tested.The cluster of infections also raised controversy over the possible unintended side effects of South Korea’s invasive tracing and wide public disclosure of some patient information. South Korean health authorities are investigating a small but growing coronavirus outbreak centered in a handful of Seoul nightclubs, seeking to keep infections in check as the country moves to less restrictive social distancing measures.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Friday at least 15 people have confirmed cases of the virus linked to the clubs in Itaewon, a neighborhood popular with Koreans and foreigners in the city.South Korea has reported only a handful of cases in recent days, the majority of them in people arriving from overseas. The nightclub infections, while still limited, are expected to increase, and come at a time when the country has eased some social distancing restrictions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Final four coaches harp on 3 remaining ACC teams, conference’s dominance

first_imgCurrent Atlantic Coast Conference schools have won the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship a combined 14 times since the tournament debuted in 1982.There’s a good chance No. 15 is on tap in Towson, Md., this weekend.The ACC will be represented by three schools in the national semifinals this Friday, including top-seeded Maryland (21-1, 6-1 ACC), sixth-seeded Virginia (12-8, 3-4) and second-seeded Syracuse (20-2, 6-1). The latter two will square off at 5 p.m., which means at least one conference school will play for the national title on Sunday.The Orange, which is pursuing the first national championship in program history as well as the first of any women’s team in school history, was successful in its first ACC season.SU head coach Gary Gait isn’t surprised to see three ACC teams in the semifinals, and said it’s just further proof that SU plays in the premier conference in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a lot of fun to play in, and it gives you a lot of experience for the final four,” Gait said in an NCAA tournament teleconference Monday afternoon. “We played everybody that was in the elite eight during the regular season.“It’s just a great conference for that.”Maryland head coach Cathy Reese agreed and said the conference’s depth has created a number of enjoyable games for teams and fans. That depth, though, will become thinner next season when the Terrapins move to the newly-formed Big Ten Conference.Virginia head coach Julie Myers said the addition of Syracuse has only made the ACC’s level of play better, but she will also miss Maryland’s presence after this season.“I wish we could keep (Maryland) in this mix forever,” said Myers on the teleconference, ”because they’ve just added so much quality to the ACC on the lacrosse side of things.”As for remaining semifinalist Northwestern, it’s not intimidated as the geographical outcast.After road games at Syracuse, Florida, Duke and other schools along the East coast this season, Wildcats head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said her team is used to traveling great distances.With Northwestern also departing for the Big Ten after this season, Amonte Hiller looks at this championship run as one final opportunity to win a title for the American Lacrosse Conference.“To be representing the ALC in its last year, we obviously want to bring pride to that,” she said. “To have someone new to play and to have it be the No. 1 team is really great for our players.” Comments Published on May 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more