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(LEAD) Military reports 160 more COVID-19 cases

Defense 14:34 January 26, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with USFK cases in last 3 paras)

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military on Wednesday reported 160 additional COVID-19 cases, including 147 breakthrough infections, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 4,180.

The latest virus count was up from 78 reported the previous day as the military remains on high alert to fight the omicron variant. The country as a whole added 13,012 new cases Wednesday.

Of the new military cases, 101 are from the Army, 28 from the Air Force, 15 from the Navy, five from the Marine Corps and 11 from units under the direct control of the defense ministry.

Currently, 547 military personnel are under treatment. Of the total military caseload, 2,312 are breakthrough cases.

U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), meanwhile, has confirmed 379 additional COVID-19 patients among its personnel over the seven-day period ending Monday.

Among the new cases, 90 were imported, according to the USFK website. It did not offer other details, including breakthrough cases and locations of the infected members.

The total number of COVID-19 cases reported among the USFK-affiliated population totaled 5,607. The USFK said nearly 90 percent of its affiliated community is vaccinated.

A soldier gets a booster shot at an inoculation center in Yongin, 49 kilometers south of Seoul, in this file photo released by the Ministry of National Defense on Dec. 13, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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