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SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) — A Seoul high school student who tested positive after visiting the nation’s largest indoor theme park has been tentatively given a clean bill of health after a retest, authorities said Wednesday.
The student, identified only as a female senior at Wonmook High School in the eastern ward of Jungnang, had her first two COVID-19 tests on May 20 and 25 after exhibiting symptoms, such as a cough and sore throat, and the results were negative.
After visiting Lotte World Adventure in southern Seoul, along with three friends last Friday, however, the student tested positive for the virus Sunday.
Her positive test result immediately triggered an alarm bell for quarantine authorities, who forced both her school and Lotte World Adventure to close temporarily for disinfection and ordered coronavirus tests for all 769 students and staff at the high school.
After all of the students and staff tested negative, the municipal authorities conducted additional tests on the female student and finally concluded that she is not infected with the virus.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, the student showed negative results in the two most recent tests conducted Tuesday by the Seoul Metropolitan Government Institute of Health and Environment and the Seoul Medical Center.