SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) — A recent rise in coronavirus cases among high school students raised alarm about a bigger risk to school safety, as more schools are considering larger in-person instruction in the upcoming fall semester.
According to health officials and municipal governments on Thursday, five high school students in Yongin, south of Seoul, have tested positive this week.
The first patient was confirmed to have the virus on Monday, and four more — one classmate and three from a different school — were confirmed the next day. All five are friends.
In a separate case, a high school student who lives in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, tested positive last Wednesday after the student’s mother was confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus earlier in the day. On Thursday, the student’s schoolmate also tested positive.
In both cases, the teenagers were having in-person classes.
While health officials were studying how they became infected with the virus, the Ministry of Education cautiously predicted that they could have been infected while hanging out after school.
“In the Goyang case, the two are close friends who go to cram schools and hang out together after school,” an official from the ministry said. “The five students in Yongin began showing symptoms after they spent time together during weekends, so we cannot rule out transmissions outside school.”