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South Korea: Over 50 people suffer ‘cardiac arrest’ after Halloween stampede

Seoul: Dozens of people suffered a cardiac arrest after being crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital Seoul, media reports quote South Korea officials as saying.

About 50 people have been receiving CPR after suffering from cardiac arrest in Seoul’s Itaewon area in an apparent connection with a Halloween party, fire authorities said, reports news agency Yonhap.

Emergency officials received at least 81 calls from people in Itaewon saying they were having difficulty breathing, they said.

Over 400 emergency workers from across the country have been deployed to the capital to help treat those who were injured.

President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered officials to swiftly administer first aid and treat the people, the presidential office said.

He also instructed the Health Ministry to swiftly deploy disaster medical assistance teams and secure beds in nearby hospital to treat the injured. Local media said around 100,000 people flocked to Itaewon streets for the Halloween festivities, which were the biggest in years following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months.

Separately, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo instructed officials to make utmost efforts to minimize damages, reports Yonhap.

Meanwhile, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who is on a visit to Europe, decided to return home in the wake of the accident, city officials said.

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