US soldiers fighting to keep virus from base at ground zero of South Korean crisis

Pvt. Daija Gillam, 22, of the 25th Transportation Battalion, screens drivers before allowing them to enter Camp Walker in the coronavirus-hit city of Daegu, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
Pvt. Daija Gillam, 22, of the 25th Transportation Battalion, screens drivers before allowing them to enter Camp Walker in the coronavirus-hit city of Daegu, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

US soldiers fighting to keep virus from base at ground zero of South Korean crisis

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

CAMP WALKER, South Korea — U.S. soldiers wearing face masks and gloves wielded thermometers instead of guns as the military fought to keep a deadly virus from spreading to this base in the middle of South Korea’s hardest-hit area.

The central government raised the alert to its highest level on Sunday as the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soared past 600, with five deaths.

The outbreak has spread rapidly since hitting the southeastern city of Daegu and surrounding areas last week, prompting growing concern for the local Army garrison with more than 9,000 American soldiers, family members and other personnel.

Soldiers have been banned from nonessential off-post travel to and from the base, and were told Sunday not to shake hands with anyone.

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