Most Schoolkids Get Infected at Home, Not School

  • By Kwak Soo-keun, Bae Jun-yong

    August 06, 2021 13:19

    Almost half of the coronavirus infections among schoolchildren in the first semester occurred at home, much higher than the 15.9 percent of infections at schools, the Education Ministry said Thursday.

    Next came infections in communities with 22.6 percent. 

    "Schools aren't the main source of infections among schoolchildren," a ministry spokesman said. "The rate of infections is still higher at home and in communities."

    Children wait to get tested for coronavirus at an elementary school in Daejeon on July 22.

    The ministry is keen to reopen schools in the next semester to prevent children falling behind after a year of dreary online classes.

    Health authorities have no plan yet to vaccinate schoolchildren except high school seniors, but in a recent straw poll of 226 parents by Pusan National University Hospital, 64.2 percent of respondents said they would welcome it.

    When the hospital asked 117 schoolchildren, half said they would want to get vaccinated. 

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