A total of 126 coronavirus cases linked to the United States Forces Korea (USFK) have been reported in South Korea, the USFK said on Friday.
In an open letter to the Unification Minister on Friday, Lee Jae-gang, Vice Governor for Peace of Gyeonggi province, called for the annual US-South Korea military drills to be canceled this year, citing concerns over the virus.
Lee said that the joint military exercise could cause the spread of Covid-19.
According to a statement from the Gyeonggi government, 105 confirmed cases in Pyongtaek — where the US Army’s Camp Humphreys base is located — are USFK soldiers, accounting for more than 70% of all infections in the city.
This year’s joint drills are believed to have been scheduled for August 17, with a reduced scale, according to the Gyeonggi government’s statement.