USFK imposes ‘self-quarantine’ for troops who visited China but says overall risk is low

Masked commuters travel through Seojeong-ri Station, north of Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Masked commuters travel through Seojeong-ri Station, north of Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

USFK imposes ‘self-quarantine’ for troops who visited China but says overall risk is low

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military imposed a two-week self-quarantine for troops who recently visited China on Sunday but said the overall risk of a new respiratory virus for American forces in South Korea remained low.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to more than 300 — most in China — with thousands of infections reported there and several other countries, including South Korea and the United States.

The South announced three new confirmed cases on Sunday, raising its total to 15.

U.S. Forces Korea has urged people to follow guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which include washing hands thoroughly and avoiding close contact with people who display symptoms.
The self-quarantine applies to service members who have returned to South Korea after traveling to mainland China on or after Jan. 19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, USFK said in a press release.

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