National Assembly cancels session over coronavirus

South Korea's National Assembly canceled its plenary session scheduled for Monday afternoon after it was learned that a coronavirus patient attended a parliamentary forum last week.

Lee In young, floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), proposed the cancellation to his United Future Party (UFP) counterpart Shim Jae chul, after it was known that Shim had been in contact with the patient and took a test for COVID 19 early Monday, DP deputy floor leader Yoon Hu duk told reporters.

The UFP also canceled a general meeting of its lawmakers.

The National Assembly was scheduled to convene an interpellation session with Prime Minister Chung Se kyun and other Cabinet members over political and national security issues.

On Saturday, Ha Yun su, president of the Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations, was quarantined at a hospital after being confirmed to be infected.

He attended a forum at the National Assembly last Wednesday. The UFP lawmakers who also were present, including Shim, Kwak Sang do and Jeon Hee kyung, were tested Monday.

The two parties will discuss new parliamentary schedules after the test result for Shim comes out, Yoon of the DP said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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