6 more US soldiers, families in S.Korea test Covid-19 positive

Seoul, Sep 21 : Six more American soldiers and their families in South Korea have tested positive for the novel coronavirus concerns of a resurgence in the Asian country, the US Forces Korea (USFK) said on Monday.

In a statement, it said that six USFK affiliated individuals were infected after arriving in South Korea between September 4-17, reports Xinhua news agency.

Two service members arrived at Osan Air Base on US government-chartered flights on September 4 and 7.

The Osan Air Base is located in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul.

A service member, one civilian and two dependents arrived at Incheon International Airport on commercial flights from the US on September 13, 15 and 17.

The confirmed patients have been transferred to designated isolation facilities at Camp Humphreys or the Osan Air Base, both in Pyeongtaek.

The total number of infections among the USFK-affiliated personnel rose to 193, according to Yonhap news agency.

Worry remained here over the recent surge in locally confirmed cases.

On Monday, South Korea reported 70 new cases, raising the overall tally to 23,045.

The daily caseload hovered below 100 for two straight days, after having stayed in triple digits for 37 days in a row.



Source: IANS