|Health officials check the body temperatures of test takers before the state-run teacher employment examination held at a high school in Daegu, Saturday. Yonhap|
About 60,000 people took the state-run teacher employment examination nationwide Saturday despite a new spike in coronavirus cases.
The education ministry went ahead with the test to pick new teachers for public middle and high schools despite an infection cluster at a private institute for aspiring teachers in Seoul.
A total of 39 cases had been confirmed among students at a cram school for the examination in Noryangjin, southern Seoul, as of Friday.
The exam was conducted at 110 sites across the country under strict guidelines to prevent infections. All test-takers had their temperatures taken before entering the test sites and sat two meters apart from each other.
A total of 60,233 people applied for the test. Applicants who had tested positive were barred from the exam, while those who were in self-quarantine or subject to COVID-19 testing took it at separate sites.
The country reported 386 more confirmed COVID-19 cases for Friday, raising the total caseload to 30,403. The daily caseload exceeded 300 for the fourth consecutive day and has stayed in triple digits since Nov. 8, according to the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Saturday. (Yonhap)