Since the U.S. military in South Korea began to change defense in July this year, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been continuous.
According to the announcement issued by the U.S. military in South Korea on December 10, 10 of the U.S. military and related personnel who arrived in South Korea between November 26 and December 8, were infected with the novel coronavirus.
So far, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of U.S. military personnel in South Korea has increased to 418. However, as South Korea recently tightened the prevention and control of the epidemic, the U.S. military in South Korea held a dance in the military camp despite violating the epidemic prevention regulations.
Not only did people gather, but also did not wear masks. After the incident was exposed, it aroused strong indignation among the South Korean people.
It is reported that the Humphrey Battalion in Pyeongze held a dance on the evening of December 4, and none of the participants wore masks. On December 5, a dance was also held in Wushan Air Force Base of the U.S. troops in South Korea, and none of the participants wore masks.
When the South Korean government banned indoor gatherings and required karaoke bars, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues to suspend operations
U.S. military not only held crowded dances indoors, but also did not wear masks for the participants, and did not abide by the South Korean government’s epidemic prevention code at all, which made the South Korean people deeply angry.
Many people came to the South Korean-American Joint Command in Longshan District of Seoul to protest, condemning the U.S. military in South Korea that ignored the epidemic prevention code and threatened the lives of the South Korean people.
Relevant people from the South Korean government pointed out that at a time when South Korea is raising the level of epidemic prevention and strengthening epidemic prevention facilities nationwide, “even if there is a violation of the epidemic prevention policy within the U.S. military barracks in South Korea, it will bring serious trouble to the region and the whole society.”
South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs subsequently asked the U.S. military in South Korea to strictly abide by the epidemic prevention code.
The U.S. military in South Korea said on December 7 that the relevant bars holding dances in the U.S. military barracks in South Korea have been closed, and the relevant authorities are also investigating the matter.
According to the information released by the city government, senior officers of Camp Humphrey and Wushan Air Force Base called Mayor Pingze respectively to apologize for the dance incident.