Koreans told to stay isolated, checks tightened on arrivals from US

30-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The number of infected travellers has increased by more than fivefold to 309 over the past two weeks, 90 percent of them returning South Koreans, according to the KCDC.


The US military this week took steps to try to restrict the movements of roughly 28,500 American troops in South Korea.

On Friday, United States Forces Korea (USFK) reported that an American contractor had tested positive, the third case to be confirmed this week among Americans working at the sprawling Camp Humphreys, where the US military is headquartered.

Late on Thursday, an American soldier stationed at the camp south of Seoul tested positive, as did another American contractor also working there this week.

In all, 12 people including two soldiers linked to USFK have tested positive.

USFK declared a public health emergency, which gives commanders more authority to ensure “total force compliance” with regulations aimed at stopping the spread of infections by restricting the movements not only of troops, but also their families, as well as civilians who work on the bases.

“We cannot allow the actions of a few, who knowingly and selfishly take matters into their own hands, place the rest of population at an unacceptable level of risk,” USFK said in a letter this week.

As recently as Wednesday a Facebook page affiliated with Camp Humphreys had advertised entertainment events for Thursday and Friday. It was unclear if those events were canceled, but new statements on the camp’s social media sites said as of Friday all movement on the base was restricted to “only bare necessities, which means food and life-health-safety”.



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