Halloween party chaos as around 50 in cardiac arrest

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    Around 50 people are said to be receiving CPR after suffering from cardiac arrest during a massive Halloween party in Seoul's Itaewon area.

    Emergency services are said to have received at least 81 calls regarding the incident, where people are said to be struggling with their breathing.

    Footage from the scene showed a crowded street with dozens of people administering CPR to those on the ground, with some reporting it followed a stampede.

    President Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered officials to administer first aid and treat those suffering from cardiac arrest at the scene, with around 50 separate cardiac arrests reported.

    Prime Minister Han Duck-soo has also instructed officials within Itaewon to minimize damages as best as they can.

    It comes as hundreds of police officers were reported to be working the bustling Halloween event in an attempt to increase security and prevent crimes such as illegal filming.

    Over 200 officers, according to Yongsan Police Precinct, have been dispatched in the Itaewon area and will work night shifts to crack down on local crime.

    Roughly 100,000 people were set top gather in and around Itaewon during the Halloween weekend festivities according to KoreaJoongAngDaily.

    Police had stepped up crowd control during the event, which has seen around 50 reports of cardiac arrest in the busy street.

    Dozens were seen on videos uploaded to Twitter receiving CPR from emergency services and responders, with reports of "shortness of breath" coming from the scene.

    Social media posts across Twitter from those attending the event noted that the area had been extremely crowded, with some outlets reporting that the incident stemmed from a stampede.

    Bystanders could also be seen administering CPR on those that had suffered from the reported series of cardiac arrests in the area, with the National Fire Agency in the area reporting around 100 people injured.

    A writer for The Korea Herald wrote on Twitter from the scene: "Absolute scenes of chaos in Itaewon right now as the Halloween night has turned into a major safety hazard with at least several party-goers being carried into ambulances.

    "I’m seeing pictures that I don’t think is wise to share here but they are heartbreaking. I’m sure more details will come out later but what’s certain now is tonight is going to go down as one of the most terrible and sad nights for Halloween in this country."

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