1 US military member, 5 service members’ dependents have coronavirus in South Korea: Pentagon officials

The Pentagon confirmed that one member of the U.S. military and five dependents of various service members have coronavirus in South Korea, a senior official said Wednesday.

The infected soldier, who is a member of the United States Forces Korea (USFK), is stationed in Daegu. His wife and a small child are among the infected.

In a separate case, the widow of a retired American soldier in South Korea also contracted the virus.

Additionally, a dependant of a USFK active duty service member has been in self-quarantine since Feb. 26 and has not had contact with any other military member since then, according to a statement by the USFK.

The infected patient has been under the medical supervision of U.S. military medical providers and officials said they determining contact tracing was not necessary due to the patient’s quarantine measures and lack of interaction with others.

In the sixth case, a dependent of a Pentagon civilian employee has been self-quarantined since Feb. 28 and hasn’t had contact with anyone except her spouse, the USFK said.

“As a precautionary measure, her spouse will now be under self-quarantine at their residence,” the USFK said, adding that they are conducting contact tracing to determine whether anyone else may have been exposed to the virus.

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Author: Dian Welle