The U.S. military announced late Tuesday that a U.S.-ROK Armed Forces in Korea soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive for coronavirus.
A USFK soldier stationed at Camp Carroll tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first time a U.S. service member has tested positive for the virus. We're implementing all appropriate control measures to protect the force. https://t.co/kkfEIuW7Jb
— U.S. Forces Korea (@USForcesKorea) February 26, 2020
This is the first time the DoD has confirmed a U.S. service member has tested positive for the virus.
From Reuters tonight:
South Korea reported 169 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including a U.S. soldier, as health authorities readied an ambitious plan to test more than 200,000 members of a church hit hardest by the country's outbreak. The new cases pushed the total tally to 1,146, with the numbers expected to rise as the government widens its testing.
Of the new cases, 134 were from Daegu city, where a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which has been linked to outbreaks, is located, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said.
The U.S. military reported its first case of the coronavirus on Wednesday, in a 23-year-old soldier based in Camp Carroll, about 20 km (12.4 miles) from Daegu. The camp is also near a disability centre that has had its own outbreak of the virus.
More from Twitter tonight as news breaks.
Reuters: U.S. SOLDIER STATIONED IN SOUTH KOREA TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS – U.S. FORCES IN KOREA
— Vincent Lee (@Rover829) February 26, 2020
BREAKING: US service member tests positive for coronavirus in South Korea
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) February 26, 2020
The U.S. military says one of its soldiers based in South Korea has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first American service member infected.https://t.co/zWQBcOPfQH
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 26, 2020
A USFK soldier stationed at Camp Carrol in South Korea is the first US service member to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to US Forces Korea statement. pic.twitter.com/9spzOQTGEO
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) February 26, 2020
An American soldier stationed in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus
The soldier is a 23-year-old man stationed at Camp Carroll, and is the first US service member to test positive. He is currently self-quarantined at his off-base residence | via @CNN
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) February 26, 2020