February 27, 2020 / 1:18 AM / a month ago

South Korea and U.S. indefinitely postpone joint military drills over coronavirus

A military vehicle disinfects a street in Daegu, South Korea, February 27, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States will postpone joint military drills until further notice, defense officials in Seoul said on Thursday, amid a growing coronavirus outbreak in South Korea that has now infected soldiers from both countries.

The U.S. military reported its first case of the coronavirus on Wednesday, in a 23-year-old soldier based in Camp Carroll, about 20 km (12 miles) from Daegu, where most of the country’s 1,595 cases have been reported.

The South Korean military has also reported a number of infections, and has confined most troops to their bases.

Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Kim Coghill

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