I can't be relieved yet, but as the number of additional confirmed cases per day continues to decrease noticeably, there is a voice to think about going to school now.

Studies have shown that there is no high risk of infection in schools, so education authorities are scrutinizing whether schools will be reopened from the new semester.

Next is reporter Ahn Sang-woo.


This is a thesis published in the Journal of Pediatric Infection Society last month, together with a research team at Hallym University, President of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A survey of 127 children and adolescents infected with the coronavirus between May and July of last year found that only 3 cases were infected through schools, only 2.4% of the total.

If you adhere to the quarantine rules, such as sitting on a desk in the classroom, installing a transparent screen, and measuring your body temperature at any time, the risk of transmission in the school is not great.

Together with the Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yeon, he stressed the need to expand school by referring to Chung's thesis.

[Lee Nak-yeon/Deputy Democratic Party Representative: I would like the Ministry of Education and the quarantine authorities to carefully discuss how to take responsibility for even lower grades to go to school.] The

Ministry of Education has also actively reviewed.

First of all, we are discussing ways to expand the number of attendance students, focusing on kindergartens, elementary schools, and special schools. All of them have relatively poor online learning effects, and in-school care is important.

However, it is a concern that the number of infections in the school is increasing after the 3rd pandemic.

At the beginning of the second semester last year, 190 students and faculty were infected with the virus, but at the end of the second semester, the cumulative number of infections exceeded 4,000.

The Ministry of Education will work with quarantine experts next week to assess how high the risk of infection in school has increased, and then determine additional quarantine guidelines and specific academic schedules.

(Video coverage: Park Jin-ho, video editing: Park Ki-duk, VJ: Shin So-young)  

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