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Newly assigned American soldiers test positive for coronavirus; total at 34

All News 21:00 June 11, 2020

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Two American soldiers newly assigned to South Korea have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The latest COVID-19 patients brought the total number of infections among the USFK population to 34.

The first service member arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on a U.S. government-chartered flight on May 27, and was transported to nearby Camp Humphreys, where he tested negative in his first mandatory test and entered quarantine.

But he received a positive result on his second test, which is required to exit quarantine, earlier this week, according to USFK.

The second soldier arrived at the base on Monday, and then tested positive on Wednesday, it added.

"USFK health professionals determined there was limited contact tracing due to the service members and all others on the chartered flight being tested and immediately quarantined; thorough cleaning of quarantine rooms have been completed," USKF said in a release.

USFK has reported several virus cases among its service personnel who arrived here recently from their home country.

All USFK-affiliated individuals arriving in South Korea from overseas shall be tested for COVID-19 and then quarantined for 14 days. Medical personnel will administer another test prior to being released from isolation, according to the U.S. military.

A military guard at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, checks the temperature of a driver to screen entrants to the compound for the novel coronavirus on Feb. 28, 2020, in this photo provided by United States Forces Korea. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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