US military bases in South Korea placed on lockdown to stop novel coronavirus spread
The new disease control measures were implemented after the risk level was raised to “high,” United States Forces Korea (USFK) said on Thursday.
According to the Financial Times, all garrisons were placed under lockdown, including Camp Humphreys located 70km (43,5 miles) from South Korea’s capital Seoul, which is the largest US base on foreign soil. Civilian employees and “non-essential” contractors can now be barred from entering the bases, and health screenings was increased.
The changes came after a US soldier, an USFK employee and another “USFK-related person” tested positive for COVID-2019.
A USFK employee who works at Camp Carroll tested positive for COVID-19, making this the third USFK-related person who has been confirmed with the virus. https://t.co/yMtlw4KCDJ— U.S. Forces Korea (@USForcesKorea) February 28, 2020
The USFK comprises more than 28,500 servicemen, making it the largest concentration of US troops in a single foreign country.
A total of 256 new coronavirus cases were reported in South Korea on Friday, bringing the number of patients there to over 2,000. The nation is now the second hardest-hit by the outbreak after mainland China, where the virus originated.Also on rt.com US wargames in South Korea might be scaled back over coronavirus fears – or lack of funding deal with Seoul
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