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8 more USFK-affiliated Americans test positive for COVID-19

Defense 15:41 August 13, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- Seven more American service members and a Department of Defense civilian contractor tested positive for the new coronavirus upon their arrivals in South Korea, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

Of them, three service members arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on a U.S. government chartered flight while the others arrived at Incheon International Airport, west of the capital, on commercial flights, it said.

They are now all at an isolation facility designated for confirmed COVID-19 patients at Camp Humphreys or the Osan base.

"None of the new arrivals have interacted with anyone residing within USFK installations or the local community," the U.S. military said in a release.

The latest cases brought the total number of USFK-related infections to 152, most of which were confirmed upon personnel's arrival here. USFK said it has not recorded an internal positive case since mid-April.

South Korea reported 56 new cases of the new virus Thursday, raising the total caseload to 14,770.

This photo shows a gate of the U.S. base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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