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S. Korean worker for U.S. Forces Korea tests positive for new coronavirus

All News 22:12 September 05, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean citizen working for the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) tested positive for the new coronavirus Saturday in the first internal positive case among its population in nearly five months, the U.S. military said.

The contractor, who worked at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, was tested after a workplace exposure at his spouse's place of employment, USFK said, adding that he has been directed to isolation at a local hospital by the South Korean health authorities.

He last visited the Osan base on Thursday, and all of his known contacts have quarantined since he was confirmed to have been infected, according to USFK.

Health professionals "are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether anyone else may have been exposed," it added.

The latest case brought the total number of USFK-related infections to 176. Of them, 151 individuals were confirmed upon their arrivals here. USFK reported a last patient among its people stationed here in mid-April.

A U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) member explains anti-coronavirus guidelines to a driver in front of Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on April 5, 2020, in this photo provided by USFK. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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