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Schools are key to success of 'everyday life quarantine,' Moon says

All News 11:12 May 26, 2020

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in vowed the government's full efforts Tuesday to stave off sporadic cluster infections in South Korea, as more than 2 million students nationwide are preparing to return to schools this week in a phased measure to normalize the public education system disrupted by the new coronavirus.

He stressed that the reopening of schools would decide the success or failure of the "everyday life quarantine" in place, speaking at a weekly Cabinet meeting.

In case of a COVID-19 outbreak at school, an "emergency response system" will be activated in accordance with a related manual, he said.

"There shouldn't be any negligence in the quarantine outside of schools as well," he added.

President Moon Jae-in speaks at a Cabinet meeting held at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on May 26, 2020. (Yonhap)

He assured the people that the government will toughen the on-site inspection of "high-risk" facilities, such as clubs and karaoke rooms, a source and a bridge of a chain of recent infections, in cooperation with local authorities.

"As shown in sporadic cluster infections, we are always exposed to the danger of infections, which would continue until the development of vaccine," Moon said.

An additional round of in-person classes are scheduled to resume Wednesday for around 2.37 million students, including first and second graders at elementary schools.

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