3 U.S. soldiers, 1 civilian in S.Korea test positive for COVID-19

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SEOUL, April 8 (Xinhua) — Three more U.S. soldiers and one more civilian in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that four USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between March 25 and April 5.

Two service members arrived at the Osan Air Base on U.S. government-chartered flights from the United States on March 31 and April 5. The Osan Air Base is located in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul.

One service member and one dependent arrived at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on international commercial flights on March 25 and April 3.

The confirmed patients have been transferred to designated isolation facilities at the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys and the Osan Air Base, both of which are located in Pyeongtaek.

The total number of infections among the USFK-affiliated personnel rose to 819, according to Yonhap news agency.

In the latest tally, South Korea reported 700 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising its total tally to 107,598. The daily caseload logged the highest in 91 days.

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