US soldier exams constructive for virus as South Korean instances soar
By Edward White, Track Jung-a and Kang Buseong in Seoul
A US soldier has examined constructive for coronavirus in South Korea, within the first confirmed case for the US navy.
A 23-year-old man is in self-quarantine at a residence off-base having visited two military camps in South Korea in latest days.
“KCDC and USFK well being professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to find out whether or not any others could have been uncovered,” the US Forces Korea mentioned in an announcement.
The announcement got here a day after the US and South Korea mentioned they had been contemplating scaling again joint navy workout routines on the Korean peninsula owing to issues concerning the unfold of the coronavirus. The US has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to assist the nation in opposition to a possible assault from North Korea.
The variety of confirmed coronavirus in South Korea continued to soar as testing efforts had been ramped up. The nation, one of many worst hit by the virus outdoors of China, has reported 12 deaths and 1,146 individuals with confirmed infections after reporting 169 new instances on Wednesday morning, based on the Korea Heart for Illness Management and Prevention.
Nearly all the brand new instances reported on Wednesday got here in Daegu, the nation’s fourth-biggest metropolis, which has been on the centre of the outbreak within the nation. In Daegu, most instances have been linked to a pseudo-Christian sect, referred to as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, and a hospital on the neighbouring city of Cheongdo. However there’s additionally some criticism that the federal government has not acted swiftly sufficient to observe different nations in blocking travellers from China.
The variety of confirmed instances is anticipated to rise within the coming days. Checks of virtually 30,000 individuals have been carried out and an additional 16,700 are underway. The federal government has promised to check the entire 215,000 members of the Shincheonji sect.
“It nonetheless seems just like the tip of the iceberg … Extra draconian measures are wanted to cease the unfold of the virus,” mentioned Kim Woo-joo, a professor of infectious medication at Korea College Guro Hospital.