Half a million South Koreans are taking the university entrance exam on Thursday amid unprecedented measures to prevent COVID-19 infections and to allow even infected students to take the test.

About 490,000 high school seniors, graduates and others have applied to take the exam this year, including 35 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 404 who are in self-quarantine due to close contact with infected people, according to data from the South Korean government, which has implemented measures so that everyone, without exception, can sit the exam.EFE-EPA