About 80 percent of South Korean soldiers fighting against pirates in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia have been infected with the corona virus.
According to the statement made by the South Korean General Staff, 247 of the 301 people on the Munmu the Great destroyer tested positive for Kovid-19. Authorities reported that the results of 50 people were negative, and samples of 4 people could not be tested.
According to the news of Independent Turkish, the country’s press wrote that the incident was the worst case of mass contamination in the military.
The 16 seafarers were taken to hospitals in the area, while the rest of the crew were quarantined on board. Sources speaking to the country’s official news agency, Yonhap, stated that none of the personnel were in serious condition.
It was announced that two transport planes were sent to bring the crew and 301 people were scheduled to return to South Korea tomorrow. About 200 reserve personnel, who have had their two vaccinations, will reach the ship later.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defense reported that the people on the destroyer left the country in February before the vaccination studies started, so none of them were vaccinated.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency, said it was difficult to vaccinate military personnel abroad:
“WE HAVE SOME CHALLENGES”
In the country with a population of more than 50 million, the total number of Kovid-19 cases reached 179 thousand. While 1,454 new cases were detected on Sunday, the number of daily cases in the country exceeds a thousand for 12 consecutive days.
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