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Navy sailor tests positive for coronavirus again after full recovery

Defense 11:33 March 31, 2020

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- A Navy sailor has tested positive again for the new coronavirus after having fully recovered from the disease, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

The sailor stationed on the southern island of Jeju was released from a hospital last week after recovering fully from the COVID-19 virus following monthlong treatment.

But he redeveloped symptoms while in preventive quarantine, and tested positive again Tuesday, officials said, adding that he was immediately sent to a hospital.

Last week, two other military personnel -- an Army officer and an Air Force contractor -- were found to have contracted the virus again after making full recoveries.

The military has reported 39 infections in barracks as of Tuesday, and no new confirmed cases have been reported since last Tuesday.

As a preventive step, around 1,780 service members are being quarantined at their bases. Among them, about 120 have either shown symptoms or had direct contact with infected patients. The remainder recently visited the southeastern city of Daegu, the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province or virus-hit foreign nations, according to the ministry.

A U.S. service member gives his corps insignia to a South Korean soldier before launching joint disinfection operations in the southeastern city of Daegu on March 27, 2020, in this photo provided by the South's 2nd Operational Command. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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