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6 more USFK-related Americans test positive for new coronavirus

All News 15:03 September 21, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- Three American service members and three others affiliated with the U.S. military have tested positive for the new coronavirus upon arrival in South Korea earlier this month, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday.

Two service members arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on government chartered flights, while another service member, one civilian employee and two dependents arrived at Incheon International Airport, west of the capital, on commercial flights, according to the U.S. military.

Four of them tested positive in their first mandatory COVID-19 test prior to entering 14-day mandatory quarantine here, while the other tested positive in the second test required to exit the quarantine.

The latest cases brought the total number of USFK-related infections to 193, most of whom tested positive upon their arrivals here.

USFK said it has not had an internal positive COVID-19 case since mid-April.

The U.S. military earlier said an Osan base contractor -- who was announced on Sept. 5 as a confirmed case -- was in fact not a USFK affiliated member as he did not possess unlimited or unescorted access to USFK installations.

Seen here is a gate of the U.S. base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

Seen here is a gate of the U.S. base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. (Yonhap)


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