South Korea halts physical classes in almost 2,000 schools

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Seoul, South Korea — Due to the latest surge of coronavirus cases in the country, almost 2,000 schools in South Korea have suspended physical classes, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Education on Monday.

1,845 schools across the nation has affected due to the announcement. The ministry has said that for the first time since May, over 1,000 schools will be closed.

Since May 20, a total of 283 students and 79 faculty members have tested positive for novel coronavirus. This was when South Korea began a phased return of pupils to the classroom, according to the ministry.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had warned at the beginning of August that the world is currently facing a “generational catastrophe” as the schools closes down due to the ongoing pandemic, Covid-19.

“Getting students back into schools and learning institutions as safely as possible must be a top priority,” once local transmission of Covid-19 is under control, Guterres added.