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South Korean Army bans vacations and off-base trips for troops after dozens of recruits test positive for Covid-19 at boot camp

Added 11-26-20 02:37:03am EST - “The South Korean Defense Ministry has introduced tight travel restrictions for military personnel after a cluster of Covid-19 infections was discovered at a boot camp near the border with North Korea.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “South Korean Army bans vacations and off-base trips for troops after dozens of recruits test positive for Covid-19 at boot camp”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Vacationing and non-essential trips off military sites were banned starting from November 27, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement. Soldiers staying in barracks must now observe stricter social-distancing rules.

"Troops who violate the rules, resulting a Covid-19 infection or its spread to others, will be strongly reprimanded," the ministry said.

The new restrictions came a day after a cluster of infections was discovered at an army boot camp in the town of Yeoncheon near the border with North Korea. As of Thursday, 66 newly enlisted soldiers and four officers have tested positive for Covid-19 at the unit there.

Separately, four officers and a soldier tested positive in three other military sites across the country, bringing the total number of cases in the military to 341.

South Korea was hailed as a success story when it managed to take control of the spread of coronavirus during the early stages of the pandemic. However, the nation has been discovering new clusters of Covid-19.

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