High school seniors in Busan during a class
High school seniors in South Korea have become the first group of students to be back in the classroom after a series of delays kept schools shut due to concerns about COVID-19 cluster infections.
However, some schools in Incheon were forced to postpone reopening due to virus-related risk factors.
Sehhyeong Kim reports.
High school seniors across South Korea were back in the classroom on Wednesday.
Teachers were seen welcoming students, passing out face masks to those who did not have them as they are now mandatory on school grounds.
Meanwhile, high school seniors in 75 schools in Incheon and Anseong in Gyeonggi Province were sent home due to possible infection concerns.
The move comes after two high school seniors in Incheon have tested positive for COVID-19 in what could be infections tied to the Itaewon outbreak.
The education ministry said it will respond swiftly to whatever comes along and calmly cope with the situation together with officials, teachers and students.
In a videoconference with education offices of Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi, Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae stressed that any suspected patient in school will be sent to a testing facility and be immediately notified of the result.
Yoo also vowed to create a new quarantine system at schools, backed by transparency and democratic procedures, with close and effective cooperation among all related authorities.
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