US military bases placed on lockdown in South Korea as American soldier tested covid19 positive

01 March 2020

The new disease control measures were implemented after the risk level was raised to “high, ”United States Forces Korea (USFK)

The restrictions were placed on the largest US military base abroad after an American soldier tested positive for coronavirus raging in South Korea, which became the second-hardest hit by the outbreak after mainland China.

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.

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.

The USFK comprises more than 28,500 servicemen, making it the largest concentration of US troops in a single foreign country. 

South Korea nation is now the second hardest-hit by the outbreak after China, where the virus originated.

A total of 256 new coronavirus cases were reported in South Korea on Friday, bringing the number of patients there to over 2,000.

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