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South Korea college exam puts students and COVID protocols to test

490,000 high schoolers, including virus patients, to determine their futures

SEOUL -- Were it not for South Korea's latest wave of COVID-19, Choi would have caught up with his old high school classmates in Seoul recently for an annual dinner. Instead, the senior accountant and his buddies are lying low as a new generation of high school seniors sits for the national college entrance exam on Thursday.

"I'm sorry I can't see my friends," Choi said after the government tightened social distancing rules in the capital area last week, including a curfew on restaurants. "We're counting on it next time."

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