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No. of coronavirus cases in military remains unchanged at 34

All News 10:47 March 06, 2020

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- The military reported no additional cases of the new coronavirus among service personnel for the second straight day on Friday, with the total number of infections remaining unchanged at 34, the defense ministry said.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 19 were in the Army, 11 in the Air Force, two in the Marine Corps and one each in the Navy and a unit under the direct control of the ministry, it said.

Around 5,020 service members are quarantined at their bases. Of them, around 820 have either shown symptoms or had direct contact with infected patients, while the remainder recently visited Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province or other virus-hit places such as China.

As of midnight, South Korea had reported 6,284 virus patients, including 42 deaths.

As part of efforts to stem the virus from further spreading, the veterans affairs ministry said it has canceled a planned ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of a democratic movement that was originally scheduled to take place in the southeastern city of Changwon later this month.

A military police officer checks the entry of vehicles into an Army hospital in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan on March 3, 2020. The hospital was asked to make preparations to house people infected with the new coronavirus from March 5. (Yonhap)

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