South Korea announced Tuesday that the new school year will begin on Apr. 9 after a five-week delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that classes will be conducted over the internet to prevent a recurrence of the outbreak.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, who is heading the unit responsible for coordinating the government's response to the outbreak, announced the measure on Tuesday and also said that not all schools will be able to start classes at the same time as the installation and implementation of the systems of distance classes will be done progressively.