May 28, 2023


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US military lifts Seoul travel ban as South Korea continues to wrestle with COVID-19

U.S. Forces Korea updated its COVID-19 policy on Thursday, March 24, 2022, to allow nonessential travel to Seoul, South Korea.

U.S. Forces Korea up to date its COVID-19 plan on Thursday, March 24, 2022, to allow for nonessential journey to Seoul, South Korea. (Tyler Wang/Pexels)

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The command overseeing U.S. troops in South Korea has lifted its pandemic ban on nonessential journey to Seoul following maintaining the metropolis off-boundaries far more than 3 months.

U.S. Forces Korea did absent with the ban on Thursday, in accordance to a news release. The command is accountable for about 28,500 company customers, along with civilian workforce, contractors and their people. &#13

USFK reminded its inhabitants to adhere to all South Korean guidelines and restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. “USFK will keep on to monitor and evaluate the COVID atmosphere and will make supplemental changes to defend the drive and our mission,” the release explained.&#13

In the meantime, South Korea continued to wrestle with a surge in new scenarios. It noted a pandemic a person-working day superior of 470 fatalities on Wednesday, and 395,598 new infections, in accordance to the Korea Disorder Command and Avoidance Agency’s update on Thursday.&#13

South Korea achieved a pandemic peak of 621,205 scenarios on March 17, according to the KDCA.&#13

Seoul persistently set the rate for COVID-19 in South Korea till the omicron wave started to construct in late 2021. Gyeonggi province, the most populous province and the property of Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base, began to exhibit the most new infections.&#13

Gyeonggi claimed 107,472 new situations Wednesday Seoul accounted for 77,770, in accordance to KDCA’s update.&#13

USFK counted 485 new instances in a weeklong period of time ending Monday. The command counted 302 new scenarios the prior 7 days.&#13

USFK introduced no other pandemic plan modifications Thursday. Indoor eating at places to eat and visits to motion picture theaters are allowed, but military services personnel are still banned from off-post bars, clubs, saunas, spas and karaoke companies.&#13

Leisurely visits to the money city were banned on Jan. 8 just after USFK amplified its health safety issue from Bravo to Bravo-in addition. &#13

The military’s COVID-19 infections strike a pandemic peak right after the holiday getaway period with 1,599 cases between Jan. 4 and 11. USFK then heightened its social distancing measures “due to the involved risk of likely publicity to virus.”&#13

USFK calm its COVID-19 mitigation measures this thirty day period as the South Korean authorities loosened limits in the course of the country. On Tuesday, a day following South Korea dropped its mandatory quarantine plan for new arrivals, the command announced that thoroughly vaccinated staff have been no extended essential to isolate just after arriving in South Korea.