According to U.S. Forces Korea, if any U.S. service members in South Korea recently returned to their posts from mainland China, then they face the possibility of quarantine. A 14-day self-quarantine was put in place for personnel between January 19 and February 2. Fifteen cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed to be in South Korea. 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed there. “We are taking all appropriate measures to prevent any potential spread of the virus,” said U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Robert Abrams in a tweet on Sunday. The U.S. government declared a public health emergency. The virus’s death toll surpasses 300, and the number of people who contracted the illness is over 14,000. Should action be necessary, the Department of Defense is preparing four military facilities to house 1,000 quarantined individuals.
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