November 05, 2021 10:31
Candidates who test positive for coronavirus from Thursday will have to sit the annual university entrance exam in designated hospitals.
The Education Ministry on Thursday said students who test positive within two weeks before the test on Nov. 18 will be hospitalized or quarantined at designated facilities even if they have no symptoms.
If they recover before the test date they will be able to take the exam in ordinary test centers.
To minimize the risk of infection, all high schools across the country will shift back to online classes from Nov. 11, a week before the exam, or even before then if they want. A majority of seniors at some high schools have already applied for home study to protect themselves from infection.
The number of infections has surged after Korea started a phased return to normal this week and exam candidates are getting increasingly jittery.
According to the ministry, a record 2,447 kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school children were infected from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3 because most of them are not vaccinated.
On Friday morning the daily tally of new infections stood at 2,344, above 2,000 for the third day running.
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