Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening

A worker sprays disinfectant in a classroom at a high school in Seoul earlier this month. South Korea has been held up as a global model in how to curb the coronavirus.

Seoul (CNN)More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area.

Parks, art galleries, museums and theaters operated by the government in the Seoul metropolitan area -- home to about half the country's population of nearly 52 million -- have also been closed to the public for the next two weeks.
Government hosted events in the metropolitan area will be canceled or postponed as well, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Thursday. The authorities have recommended that private academies and internet cafes there close too until June 14.
    Park also asked people living in the Seoul metropolitan area to refrain from going outside or holding events for the next fortnight.
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