South Korea has a total of 11,065 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of the new cases, 24 were community transmissions.
The 18-year-old students were confirmed positive for the virus after visiting a karaoke establishment that had been visited earlier this month by another student connected with an educator in Incheon, who is believed to be the initial source of infection.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced it had sent a team to the city of Daegu, the worst hit area, to investigate why patients there were testing positive a couple of times. There were no new deaths, ...keeping the death toll at two-hundred-63. It took 14.3 days from discharge to testing positive.
Previously, the KCDC's director, Jeong Eun-kyeong, raised the possibility that the virus may have been "reactivated" in people, rather than the patients being re-infected.
The nation switched to an "everyday life quarantine" system on May 6 to allow citizens to conduct social and economic activities while following eased quarantine rules. Citing lingering COVID-19 concerns, the KBO has yet to set a date on the return of fans.
The person recovered from SARS 17 years ago.
The Seoul mayor, one of the presidential contenders in the next election, also emphasized that the city has come to relatively contain the spread from bars and clubs in Itaewon, the multicultural nightlife district in the capital city.
The South Korean baseball league said Wednesday it will keep an eye on the gradual reopening of schools as it hopes to start putting fans back in the stands during the pandemic as early as next month.
The number of patients linked to the karaoke establishment totaled 27 as of Wednesday, health authorities said.
"It's really exciting to meet my friends and teachers face to face, but we have to strictly follow the disinfection guidelines", said Oh Chang-hwa, student president of Kyungbock High School in Seoul.
The ministry made a decision to close some of the schools again and sent students back to their homes, believing there is a high risk of clustered infections with some students showing Covid-19 symptoms. Ministry officials said they were looking closely at the situation together with the KCDC.