Fri, 23 Apr 2021

SEOUL, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Nine more U.S. soldiers and four civilians in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that 13 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with the COVID-19 after they arrived in South Korea between Feb. 12 and March 1.

One service member arrived at Osan Air Base on U.S. government-chartered flight from the United States on March 1. The Osan Air Base is located in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul.

Eight service members and four dependents arrived at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on international commercial flights on Feb. 12, 16, 17, 18, 23, 26 and 28.

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, and the Kunsan Air Base in the southwestern city of Kunsan.

The total number of infections among the USFK-affiliated personnel rose to 772, according to Yonhap news agency.

The pandemic here showed signs of moderating recently. In the latest tally, South Korea reported 424 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 91,240.

The daily caseload stayed in the 300s and 400s since mid-February.

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