May 26, 2020 11:32
Taxi and bus drivers can now refuse passengers who do not wear masks, and all airplane passengers will also be required to wear them.
The government's coronavirus taskforce on Monday said it made the decision to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Some airlines had already made face masks mandatory last Monday, but from Wednesday that applies to all airlines.
Meanwhile, a child in southwestern Seoul tested positive for coronavirus on Monday ahead of the reopening of kindergartens on Wednesday. The child got infected at a crammer where a teacher had tested positive on Sunday.
But the government intends to resume off-line classes as scheduled.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, the head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "The safest thing to do would be to return to classes after all risks of infection disappear, but due to the nature of the virus, it seems impossible to completely eradicate it and the epidemic is expected to linger for a long time. We need to maintain certain levels of quarantine and preventive measures in our daily lives."
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