Virus outbreak tests US military readiness in South Korea

The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, "Dagger" 1st Infantry Division, conducts a transfer of authority ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, after arriving in South Korea for a nine-month rotation amid fears of the spread of a new coronavirus. SIMON MCTIZIC/U.S. ARMY
The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, "Dagger" 1st Infantry Division, conducts a transfer of authority ceremony Wednesday, March 4, 2020, after arriving in South Korea for a nine-month rotation amid fears of the spread of a new coronavirus. SIMON MCTIZIC/U.S. ARMY

Virus outbreak tests US military readiness in South Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea - The rapidly spreading new coronavirus has put the U.S. military on defense against a new enemy in South Korea as it struggles to keep troops ready to fight the old one.

The virus has infected more than 100,000 people after spreading to more than 60 countries, including the United States. Uncertainty surrounding the pneumonia-like illness has caused stock markets to plunge as people increasingly stay home.

In many ways, the military is uniquely poised to keep the virus at bay by sharply restricting access to fortress-like bases and ordering service members to stay inside the perimeter as much as possible.

Soldiers armed with questionnaires and thermometers have been deployed to access gates to check everybody trying to enter posts for possible exposure to the virus and signs of a fever.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.621717

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