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SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Yonhap) — More than 30 people have been infected with the new coronavirus in cases tied to a Seoul cram school preparing students for a state-run teacher employment exam slated for this weekend, a district office said Friday.
Despite growing fears of contagion, the education ministry said that the exam will take place on Saturday as planned, though applicants infected with COVID-19 will be barred from taking it.
As of 2 p.m., at least 32 people tied to the private education institute in Noryangjin in southwestern Seoul tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Dongjak Ward office.
Two students at the institute were first confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 earlier this week and the others, including the institute’s employees, tested positive later, the office said.
Noryangjin is home to a slew of cram schools designed to help people prepare for state tests to become public servants and teachers.
The district office asked 214 people who came in close contact with the patients to be placed under self-quarantine for monitoring. More cases could be reported as tests are still under way.
On Saturday, more than 60,230 people are set to take the exam at 110 sites across the country.
The education ministry said that applicants who have tested positive would