Hundreds of South Korean Schools Have Closed After Reopening. What Does It Mean for the U.S.?

South Korea’s handling of the coronavirus has been one of the most successful to date, so much of the world has been looking at its progress for guidance.

South Korea confirmed its first case of coronavirus on January 20, a day before the United States. But the country of 51 million people has confirmed a total of just 11,541 cases and 272 deaths so far.

South Korea was able to re-open schools last month. But already, outbreaks in Seoul have forced more than 500 to shut back down. Another 838 schools have delayed reopening plans.

South Korean schools were already practicing social distancing measures, including limiting capacity. As CNN notes, the recent re-closures “highlight the difficulties other nations can expect to face as they ease lockdown restrictions.”