South Korea’s military temporarily suspends drafting soldiers

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South Korean honor guards perform a rifle drill during a media day for the 71st anniversary of Armed Forces Day at Daegu Air Base in Daegu, South Korea, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. South Korea announced last month it would withdraw from a military information-sharing agreement with Japan in November, prompting U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver to warn Seoul that its decision threatened U.S. security interests. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South Korea’s military administration will temporarily suspend the examinations needed for conscription in the southern city of Daegu city and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province following a mass outbreak of novel coronavirus there.

The examinations will be suspended for two weeks from Friday, the administration said on Thursday.

It is also instructing people due for conscription in that region to apply for conscription postponement, and has adjusted schedules for recruitment interviews.

South Korea cases spike: The number of cases in South Korea has soared, from 28 a week ago to at least 204 as of Friday afternoon. The outbreak there is centered around Daegu.

Among the new cases, most are linked to the Shincheonji group. South Korean authorities Thursday were seeking to question more than 1,000 members of the religious group who attended a service with one of the recently confirmed cases.

One person in South Korea has died from the virus.

Source: CNN News

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