SKorea Sees Record Virus Jump As Thousands Take College Exam

South Korean students wait for the start of their College Scholastic Ability Test in an exam hall at a high school in Seoul Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. About 510,000 high school seniors and graduates across the country are expected to take the annual highly competitive university entrance exam. (Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP)

(AP) — South Korea reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic as hundreds of thousands of masked students took the highly competitive college entrance exam. About 509,000 students are taking the one-day exam Thursday at 1,395 sites across the nation, including hospitals and shelters.

The College Scholastic Ability Test is crucial in the education-obsessed country, where careers, social standings and even marriage prospects greatly depend on which university a person attends.

Students were required to have their temperatures taken before entering classrooms and those with fevers were sent to separate testing areas.

The Education Ministry says 68 infected students and 105 others in self-quarantine took the hours-long test in isolation.


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