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National Assembly cancels session over coronavirus

All News 13:13 February 24, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's National Assembly canceled its plenary session scheduled for Monday afternoon after it was learned that a coronavirus patient attended a parliamentary forum last week.

Lee In-young, floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), proposed the cancellation to his United Future Party (UFP) counterpart Shim Jae-chul, after it was known that Shim had been in contact with the patient and took a test for COVID-19 early Monday, DP deputy floor leader Yoon Hu-duk told reporters.

The UFP also canceled a general meeting of its lawmakers.

The National Assembly was scheduled to convene an interpellation session with Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun and other Cabinet members over political and national security issues.

On Saturday, Ha Yun-su, president of the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations, was quarantined at a Seoul hospital after being confirmed to be infected.

He attended a forum at the National Assembly last Wednesday. The UFP lawmakers who also were present, including Shim, Kwak Sang-do and Jeon Hee-kyung, were tested Monday.

The two parties will discuss new parliamentary schedules after the test result for Shim comes out, Yoon of the DP said.

A National Assembly plenary session (Yonhap)


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