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US military in S. Korea to tighten coronavirus restrictions

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 21, 2020 - 13:17
  • Updated : Nov 21, 2020 - 13:17

Gate of the US base Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek. (Yonhap)

The US Forces Korea was set to enforce new coronavirus restrictions for its members amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in South Korea.

The US military said on its homepage Friday it will implement a two-week travel ban for the greater Seoul area, effective Saturday at 6 p.m.

"USFK has declared that all travel to or within Area II -- except for those who reside within Area II or for individuals conducting official and necessary duties -- is off-limits for the next 14 days," the military said.

Area II includes Seoul, Incheon and parts of Gyeonggi Province.

USFK will also bar its affiliated individuals from off-installation saunas, bathhouses, gyms, fitness facilities and internet cafes across the country for the next 30 days.

"All USFK-affiliated individuals are reminded to adhere to all USFK core tenets, HPCON (Health Protection Condition) measures and ROK (Republic of Korea) government and local directives,"it added.

A total of 346 USFK-related coronavirus cases had been reported as of Thursday. (Yonhap)