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Army officer tests positive for virus after contact with infected family

All News 11:58 September 11, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- An Army officer stationed in the eastern city of Wonju has tested positive for the new coronavirus after his family members were infected, the defense ministry said Friday.

Officials said the possibility of the virus spreading in barracks is low because the family members of the officer appear to have contracted the virus while he was away from home for two weeks for training.

The officer appears to have been infected after returning home following the training. He has since not come back to the base, as he was categorized as a potential patient, and tested positive Thursday, officials said.

Authorities are conducting detailed contact tracing, ministry officials said.

The latest case brought the total number of infections among military members to 111.

South Korea reported 176 new virus cases Friday, raising the total caseload to 21,919.

This photo, provided by the Armed Forces Medical Command, shows a hospital room for new coronavirus patients at the Armed Forces Capital Hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul, which began receiving civilian virus patients on Sept. 9, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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