President Moon has called for a stronger response system to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in local communities.
There is a need to establish a local defense network by strengthening the community defense system.
The president made the remarks in a meeting with the education superintendents of South Korea's 17 provinces and cities, where they discussed quarantine measures to ensure students' safety with the spring semester due to start in the coming weeks.
The president noted that mass infections can take place in any region, calling on education authorities not to lower their guard.
Moon stressed that the most important role of the superintendents is to protect students, calling for more thorough disinfection at schools and preschools and for enough supplies to be secured of face masks and hand sanitizers.
For the purchase of those items, he noted that the government has provided schools with some 21 million U.S. dollars.
Through the COVID-19 outbreak, we have to make concrete changes in school safety that can be felt by the people. Protecting students against the virus will boost trust in public education and create an educational environment people can rely on.
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President Moon also called for cooperation from the public in following personal hygiene regulations and he advised those showing suspicious symptoms to get checkups even if they have no record of overseas travel or contact with infected patients.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.