New cases coronavirus that originated in South Korea’s gay community had the local press and social media outraged and obsessed with patient zero’s sexual orientation.

With more than 100 news cases linked to nightlife venues in Seoul, an outpouring of hate speech was aimed at country’s already-embattled LGBTQ population.

At the center of it all is a 29-year-old man.

According to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), on the night of May 1 and the early hours of May 2, this man-whose name was withheld, visited several clubs in Itaewon,

On May 7, the man tested positive for Covid-19.

What sparked the controversy is: at the time when the man went to the clubs, South Korea was still under strict social distancing rules, and citizens were encouraged to stay home and limit unnecessary contact with others.

The social distancing rules were only lifted on May 6.

Seoul’s mayor Park Won-soon said hated towards the third sex is aggravating the situation.

 “The growing number of condemnation and hate speech definitely does not help and only has adverse effects,” he said in an interview with CNN.

Park urged the public to stay vigilant.

“If the disease penetrates Seoul, the Korean peninsula is penetrated. We are seriously afraid,” he added.

South Korea was the first nation outside China to report cases of coronavirus, they received praises from other nations for the way they treated the threat, through intensive contact tracing, proactive testing, and other mitigation.

They had flatten the curved, then this incident happened.


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