South Korea lays out coronavirus protocols for reopening colleges – Science & Well being


South Korea on Monday mentioned it’ll reopen colleges in phases ranging from Might 13, because the day by day variety of home circumstances of the brand new coronavirus has fallen near zero over latest days.

However well being authorities urged vigilance as soon as some 5.5 million elementary, center and highschool college students collect in lecture rooms and they’re conducting mock drills and making ready tips within the occasion of any upsurge in an infection.

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Widespread testing, intensive contact tracing and monitoring apps have enabled South Korea to restrict the unfold of the virus with out the in depth lockdowns seen in different international locations.

However the starting of the spring semester has been postponed 4 instances since March throughout an intensive social distancing marketing campaign, which has obliged colleges to carry on-line courses.

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“We’re now making ready for the opening of faculties whereas managing the day by day dangers of the illness,” Schooling Minister Yoo Eun-hae mentioned instructed a televised briefing.

“If a pupil seems to be contaminated with the virus, well being authorities will take the mandatory motion and the varsity will change to on-line courses.”

Highschool seniors making ready for a extremely aggressive annual school entrance examination, which has been postponed by two weeks to Dec. three, are allowed to attend courses from Might 13.

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Youthful college students will resume college in phases between Might 20 and June 1, Yoo mentioned.

College students and academics must put on a masks apart from throughout mealtimes, wipe their desks and preserve distance as they transfer round.

Faculties may even be required to hold out common disinfection and temperature checks and rearrange seating.

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The announcement got here a day after the federal government relaxed the distancing guidelines from Might 6, enabling some public services resembling museums and libraries to reopen in phases.

Surveys commissioned by the training ministry confirmed a majority of oldsters and academics supported the thought of a phased reopening of the colleges inside two weeks of the tip of the intensive social distancing.

After struggling the primary main coronavirus outbreak exterior China, South Korea has succeeded in reducing the day by day price of infections to round 10 or much less, largely imported.

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The Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC) reported eight new circumstances on Monday, all abroad travellers, taking the nationwide tally to 10,801, with 252 deaths.

“We do not consider the there’s a excessive risk of mass outbreaks in colleges after the varsity reopen, however we will not rule it out,” KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong instructed a separate briefing.