However, according to Korea Times, hundreds of schools were closed again due to high rates of infection in their communities. It cited the Ministry of Education as saying that 838 schools of the 20,902 nationwide that were scheduled to open again on Wednesday did not, including in Seoul, and hundreds closed on Thursday in Seoul, Bucheon and other cities.
School districts in the US that have been closed for months are now trying to find out when and how they can open again safely. Some are looking at how other countries are handling the reopening of schools, including South Korea, which have managed to contain the spread of the virus.
South Korea had more diagnosed patients with coronavirus than any other country other than China at the end of February, but it implemented a tough program for contact tracking, isolation and other measures, containing the virus. South Korea still reports that fewer than 300 people have died from covid-1
After putting plastic barriers in many schools to separate students while eating and learning, disinfecting and other preventative measures, some schools began opening last week for the first time in several months, with more accepting students this week.
But new clusters of coronavirus have been identified in recent days, leading to the government closing not only schools but also parks and museums – and people are again urged not to gather in large numbers.
Yonhap News Agency reported that on Wednesday, the same day as hundreds of schools reopened, more than 60 cases of coronavirus were confirmed at a distribution center in Bucheon, between the western port city of Inchon and the capital of Seoul. It said that on Thursday, Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 79 new infection cases, including 69 linked to the center owned by Coupang, the country’s leading e-commerce giant.