|Soldiers enter Munsan Station in Paju, north of Seoul, on Feb. 15, 2021, as the defense ministry lifted a monthslong restriction on military leave the same day in accordance with the easing of the government's social distancing rules against COVID-19. (Yonhap)|
The soldier was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 in a virus test conducted after a vacation in Seoul, according to the ministry.
The latest case raised the total number of infections reported among the military population to 571. Of them, 558 have been fully cured and 13 are under treatment.
Nationwide, South Korea added 396 new cases Thursday, bringing the total caseload to 88,561. (Yonhap)