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Military has 27 infected, 10,400 quarantined

A soldier conducts temperature checks at the entrance to an Air Force base at Gyeryongdae, South Korea's main military compound in South Chungcheong Province. (Yonhap)
A soldier conducts temperature checks at the entrance to an Air Force base at Gyeryongdae, South Korea's main military compound in South Chungcheong Province. (Yonhap)
A total of 27 military personnel had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, and 10,400 service members had been quarantined, the Ministry of National Defense said.

Infected personnel included soldiers, officers and civilian workers; Fifteen of the patients were in the Army, and ten were in the Air Force, with one each in the Navy and Marine Corps. The military had taken the precaution of an expanded quarantine to curb COVID-19.

The total number of infected patients from United States Forces Korea stood at three. Two service members stationed at Camp Carroll in North Gyeongsang Province near Daegu tested positive, and a widow of a former service member contracted the disease after visiting a base in Daegu.

On Thursday, Korea and the US postponed their annual joint military exercises because of the outbreak, which has sickened about 2,000 and killed 13 people here, as of Friday. It was the first time the two allies put off the joint drills over an outbreak.

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)
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