May 11, 2020 11:39
Parents are getting nervous about the gradual reopening of schools amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections traced to nightclubs in Seoul's Itaewon.
Some 75 new cases were reported as of Monday morning after a man who went clubbing in Itaewon on May 2 tested positive for coronavirus on May 6.
A petition on the Cheong Wa Dae website to postpone the reopening of schools had garnered 153,000 signatures by Sunday.
Schools are supposed to reopen this week -- first 12 graders on Wednesday followed by first and second graders of elementary school and kindergartners on May 20 and the rest in the following weeks.
Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo told reporters on Sunday, "We will make a comprehensive decision after investigating for the next two or three days."
The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education has already postponed an announcement scheduled for Monday on its plans about how to conduct classes and help students as they return to school.
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