Coronavirus: Seoul reopens schools from May 13th
High school will start first, then all the others. Contagion cases continue to decline. 99% of the country's schools have completed preparations for the reopening. 14 million masks for students. The success of the South Korean model.
Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - South Korean schools will reopen gradually next week. High school students who need to prepare for the exams will begin on May 13th. Then it will be the others' turn, with the elementary school children entering on May 27th.
Over the past two weeks, which coincided with three major national holidays, the government has gradually eased social confinement and economic blockade measures, achieving encouraging results. The country has gone from a peak of 909 infected on 9 February, to the few cases of these days. Overall there are 10800 infected; 252 deaths.
99% of the country's schools have completed preparations for the reopening. Classrooms will have to be sanitized regularly and students will have to wear protective masks - the government has made 14 million available.
To respect the social distancing, the lessons are also organized in order to avoid crowding in the classes. The infected will be able to attend lessons via the web from home.
South Korea is among the most virtuous nations in the fight against Covid-19. Seoul has adopted a more "democratic" form of intervention than Beijing's draconian one. Their speed of action is the key to their success, strengthened by the excellence of the national health system. The government immediately closed the borders with China, introducing strict quarantine measures for those entering the country. Health authorities then launched mass diagnostic tests to identify possible infected, and map all their contacts with other people.