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6 USFK-affiliated individuals test positive for COVID-19

All News 07:34 July 23, 2021

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- Five American service members and a civilian worker for the U.S. military in South Korea tested positive for the new coronavirus upon arrival here from the United States, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has said.

One of the service members arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on a U.S. government chartered flight, and four service members and a civilian affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense arrived on international commercial flights at Incheon International Airport, 40 km west of Seoul, earlier this month.

One of them tested positive on the first mandatory COVID-19 test prior to entering quarantine, the other on a subsequent test during quarantine and the remaining four on their final test required to exit quarantine, the USFK said Thursday.

Thorough cleaning of all transportation assets and quarantine rooms has been completed, USFK said, adding contact tracing was limited as they were immediately quarantined upon arrival without interacting with people outside of the USFK installations.

The latest cases raised the total number of infections reported among the USFK-affiliated population to 1,107, most of whom tested positive upon their arrival here from the U.S.

This file photo, taken Jan. 26, 2021, shows U.S. service members at Incheon airport, west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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