Several schools closed down in Seoul, South Korea, after 6-year-old is infected with coronavirus

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An empty classroom as photographed on May 19 ahead of the planned reopening of the Yeouido girl’s high school in Seoul.

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Several schools closed down in Seoul, South Korea, after a kindergarten student contracted the coronavirus from his art teacher.

As news spread of the 6-year-old boy’s illness, fear quickly emerged among parents with young children, just two days ahead of the planned second-phase resumption of in person schooling, including in kindergartens, reported the South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

The teacher, who tested positive Sunday, had taught 35 students at Young Rembrandts, a private art school in Magok, Gangseo-gu, a section of Seoul on the south bank of the Han River.

Ten nearby kindergartens and five nearby elementary schools will remain closed for two days for disinfection and other precautionary measures.

The teachers all wore masks and followed the institute’s quarantine guidelines and social-distancing rules, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.

Kindergartens had opened on May 20, which brought the first phase of South Korea’s school-reopening plan.

The art school’s 91 students, three teachers and two parents have all been tested for the virus and are awaiting results, which are to come early Tuesday.

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