- The wife of the first US service member to test positive for the coronavirus has also been infected, US Forces Korea (USFK) Saturday.
- This marks the fourth USFK-related coronavirus infection following positive tests for a widowed dependent, a US soldier, and a USFK employee.
- The wife of the infected soldier and their baby have been moved to an isolation unit at a US military hospital in Daegu, South Korea.
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Health officials have been working to determine whether or not anyone else was exposed to the coronavirus after a 23-year-old US soldier stationed in South Korea tested positive earlier this week, when he became the first member of the US military to test positive for the virus.
On Saturday, the service member's wife has also , marking the fourth USFK-related coronavirus infection overall.
The infected soldier's wife and their baby have been moved to an isolation unit at a US military hospital in Daegu. Wearing protective gear, USFK commander Gen. Robert Abrams and his wife, Connie, Saturday.
A 61-year-old widowed US military dependent was the first case and prompted USFK to to "high" for the entire Korean Peninsula. A USFK employee, a Korean national at Camp Caroll, has also tested positive, to USFK.
—Robert Abrams (@DogFaceSoldier)
South Korea has the highest number of infections outside of China, where the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, originated.
As of Saturday, the number of infections had jumped to 3,150, Reuters , citing the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2020欧洲杯体育平台In response to the outbreak, USFK has placed a number of restrictions on US military personnel. For example, all personnel are, without approval, forbidden from "attending non-essential off-installation activities and social events," including dining out, shopping, hitting bars or clubs, and going to the movies, USFK in a recent update.
US Indo-Pacific Command Friday that all non-essential Department of Defense travel to South Korea is prohibited as "the number of reported cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise."