Monthly Archives: December 2021

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (25-31 December 2021)

South Korea [1-7] 

  • On December 26, South Korea’s military reported 31 new coronavirus cases, including 30 breakthrough infections. The new cases include 22 Army personnel, 6 Navy personnel and 3 from units directly under the defense ministry. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,120, 278 of whom are under treatment, and 1,327 are breakthrough cases.
  • On December 27, South Korea’s military reported 33 new coronavirus cases, including 31 breakthrough infections. The new cases include 11 Navy personnel, 9 Army personnel, 8 Air Force personnel, and 5 from units directly under the defense ministry. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,153, 278 of whom are under treatment, and 1,358 are breakthrough cases.
  • On December 28, South Korea’s military reported 28 new coronavirus cases, including 27 breakthrough infections. The new cases include 7 Navy personnel, 15 Army personnel, 4 Air Force personnel, 2 from the Marine Corps. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,181, 268 of whom are under treatment, and 1,385 are breakthrough cases.
  • On December 29, South Korea’s military reported 27 new coronavirus cases, all of which were breakthrough infections. The new cases include 13 Army personnel, 7 Air Force personnel, 4 Navy personnel, 3 from units directly under the ministry. Three of the cases were of the Omicron variant, marking the military’s first cases of the variant. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,207, 257 of whom are under treatment, and 1,411 are breakthrough cases.
  • On December 30, South Korea’s military reported 28 new coronavirus cases, including 25 breakthrough infections. The new cases include 14 Air Force personnel, 10 Army personnel, 2 Navy personnel, 1 Marine Corps personnel and 1 from a unit directly under the ministry. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,235, 268 of whom are under treatment, and 1,436 are breakthrough cases.
  • On December 31, South Korea’s military reported 22 new coronavirus cases, including 21 breakthrough infections. The new cases include 16 Army personnel, 2 Air Force personnel, 2 Navy personnel and 2 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The total case load in the South Korea military stands at 3,257, 272 of whom are under treatment, and 1,457 are breakthrough cases.

United States [8-9]

  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported on the Milwaukee, a littoral combat ship with a crew of 105 people, a detachment of Coast Guard personnel and an aviation unit. The Navy declined to reveal how many personnel have tested positive.
  • As of December 22, the United States military recorded 261,504 COVID-19 cases, including 256,137 recoveries, 2,320 hospitalisations and 82 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (90,446), Marine Corps (29,403), Navy (51,230), Air Force (46,557), National Guard (42,118), and other agencies (1,750). A total of 1,597,631 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (577,531), Marine Corps (192,463, Navy (381,690) and Air Force (445,947); 332,263 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (261,224), Marine Corps (7,093), Navy (9,321) and Air Force (54,625).

United States Forces Korea [10]

  • Between December 21 and 27, the United States Forces Korea recorded 467 new COVID-19 cases – 457 local and 10 imported cases. This is the highest number of infections reported by the command since the pandemic started in March 2020. This record also far surpasses the previous weekly long record of 59 cases in July.

Sources:

  1. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211226001100325
  2. http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20211227000228
  3. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211228002500325
  4. http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20211229000298
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  8. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/12/27/uss-milwaukee-covid-outbreak/
  9. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/
  10. https://www.stripes.com/branches/army/2021-12-29/usfk-pandemic-weeklong-record-covid-19-camp-humphreys-4117762.html

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (18-24 December 2021)

South Korea [1-6]

  • On 19 December, the military reported 27 new cases, all of which were breakthrough cases, bringing the total case in the military to 2,933. The new cases include 22 cases from the Army, two case from a unit directly under the defense ministry, one case from the Navy, one case from the Marine Corps and one case from the Air Force.
  • On 20 December, the military reported 30 new cases, including 26 breakthrough cases, bringing the total case in the military to 2,963. The new cases include 22 cases from the Army, three cases from the Air Force, two cases from the Navy, two cases from the Marine Corps, and one case from a unit directly under the defense ministry,
  • On 21 December, the military reported 17 new cases, all of which were breakthrough cases, bringing the total case in the military to 2,980. The new cases include 10 cases from the Army, four cases from the Marine Corps, two cases from the Air Force, and one case from a unit directly under the defense ministry,
  • On 22 December, the military reported 24 new cases, including 22 breakthrough cases, bringing the total case in the military to 3,001. The new cases include 13 cases from the Army, four cases from the Navy, four cases from the Air Force, two cases from the Marine Corps, and one case from a unit directly under the defense ministry,
  • On 23 December, the military reported 26 new cases, including 23 breakthrough cases, bringing the total case in the military to 3,027. The new cases include 12 cases from the Army, six cases from the Air Force, five cases from a unit directly under the defense ministry, one case from the Navy and one case from the Marine Corps.
  • On 24 December, the military reported 37 new cases, including 30 breakthrough cases. This brings the total cases in the military to 3,064 of which 1,273 were breakthrough cases. The new cases include 24 cases from the Army, six cases from the Navy, four cases from the Air Force, two cases from a unit directly under the defense ministry, and one case from the Marine Corps.

United States Forces Japan (USFJ) [7,8]

  • On 20 Dec, at least 180 cases in the US military Camp Hansen on Okinawa have been reported. On 17 Dec, the Marine Corps Installation Pacific had reported multiple COVID-19 cases among a rotational unit of newly arrived Marine. They had no contact with the local population and were quarantined at Camp Hansen after arriving at Kadena. Kadena has five active cases as of 20 Dec. On 17 Dec, a Japanese employee at Hansen was confirmed to be infected with omicron. On 18 Dec, another two omicron cases were identified in the local population, an American civilian working at Hansen and her Japanese husband. About 60 close contacts have been identified.
  • On 22 Dec, two omicron cases were reported in Marine Corps bases on Okinawa. The cases were employees in Camp Schwab and Camp Hansen who were tested positive on Friday and Saturday. The cluster at Hansen had increased to 217 cases with 17 new cases reported on 22 Dec.

Sources:

  1. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211219002400325?section=national/defense
  2. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211220003300325?section=national/defense
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  4. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211222002300325?section=national/defense
  5. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211223002300325?section=national/defense
  6. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211224002500325?section=national/defense
  7. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2021-12-20/camp-hansen-okinawa-covid-19-coronavirus-omicron-4032990.html
  8. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2021-12-22/covid-19-coronavirus-omicron-okinawa-camp-hansen-4054983.html

 

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (11-17 December 2021)

Canada [1]

  • Two units on the Canadian Forces Base Kingston have reported an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Exact numbers and details are not disclosed but all cases are military members. As of 6 December 2021, a total of 2,175 cases, including 2,162 resolved cases, 13 active cases and 248 cumulative breakthrough cases have been reported in the Canadian armed forces since the start of the pandemic.

South Korea [2-5]

  • On 13 December, the military reported 25 new cases, all of which were breakthrough cases. The new cases include 19 cases from the Army, 4 cases from the Navy, one case from a unit directly under the defense ministry, and one civilian employee. This brings the total number of cases reported in the military to 2,738 cases, of which 1,002 were breakthrough cases.
  • On 14 December 2021, 40 new cases were reported from the Army (15 cases), Air Force (13 cases), Navy (4 cases), units under the direct control of the defense ministry (7 cases) and an officer in the ministry. Of the new cases, 35 were breakthrough infections. As of 14 December, 2,777 cases have been reported in the military, of which 308 are active cases and 1,016 are breakthrough cases.
  • On 15 December 2021, there were 45 new cases including 41 breakthrough infections. This brings the total caseload in the military to 2,822 cases with 1,057 breakthrough infections and 328 active infections. The new cases were reported from the Army (18 cases), Air Force (10 cases), units directly under the defense ministry (11 cases), the Marine Corps (4 cases), the Navy (1 case) and an officer from the ministry.
  • On 16 December, 26 cases were reported from the Army (18 cases), units directly under the defence ministry (3 cases), the Air Force and Navy (2 cases each), and the Marine Corps (1 case). This brings the total number of cases reported in the military to-date to 2,848 cases with 1,079 breakthrough cases and 328 active cases.

Sources:

  1. https://ygknews.ca/2021/12/11/cfb-kingston-confirms-covid-outbreaks-in-two-units-at-the-base/
  2. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211213003100325?section=search
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  5. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211216003100325?section=search

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (4 – 10 December 2021)

South Korea [1-7] 

  • On December 4, South Korea’ military reported 12 new cases, raising the caseload among its armed forces to 2,488. Eleven of the cases were breakthrough infections, bringing the number of breakthrough infections to 766.
  • On December 5, South Korea’ military reported 24 new cases, raising the caseload among its armed forces to 2,512. Twenty-two of the cases had contracted the virus at least 2 weeks after being vaccinated, bringing the number of breakthrough infections to 788.
  • On December 6, South Korea’s military reported 19 new cases, all of which were breakthrough cases. This raised its caseload to 2,531. Of the new cases, 13 were from the Army, one was from the Air Force, two were from the Marine Corps and three were from units directly under the defense ministry.
  • On December 7, South Korea’s military reported 21 new cases, including 19 breakthrough infections. Of the new cases, 10 were from the Army, four were from the Air Force, one was from the Marine Corps and six were from units directly under the defense ministry. This raised the total caseload in the military to 2,552, 826 of which were breakthrough cases.
  • On December 8, South Korea’s military reported 31 additional cases, including 28 breakthrough infections. Of the new cases, 26 were from the Army, two were from the Air Force, two were from the Navy and one was from a unit directly under the defense ministry. This raised the total caseload in the military to 2,583, 854 of which were breakthrough cases.
  • On December 9, South Korea’s military reported 34 new cases, including 31 breakthrough infections. Of the new cases, 22 were from the Army, six were from the Air Force, on was from the Navy and four were from units directly under the defense ministry. This raised the total caseload in the military to 2,617, 885 of which were breakthrough cases.
  • On December 10, South Korea’s military reported 30 new cases, including 29 breakthrough infections. Of the new cases, 22 were from the Army, two were from the Marine Corps, one was from the Navy, one was from the South Korea-US combined Forces Command, and four were from units directly under the defense ministry. This raised the total caseload in the military to 2,647, 914 of which were breakthrough cases.
  • Between 4 and 10 December, 171 new cases were reported from the South Korea military; 159 were breakthrough infections.

United States [8] 

As of December 10, the United States military recorded 257,147 COVID-19 cases, including 252,933 recoveries, 2,302 hospitalisations and 79 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (89,350), Marine Corps (29,098), Navy (50,061), Air Force (45,467), National Guard (41,481), and other agencies (1,690). A total of 1,569,534 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (561,359), Marine Corps (187,881), Navy (378,460) and Air Force (441,834); 317,977 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (245,128), Marine Corps (7,642), Navy (9,791) and Air Force (55,416).

Sources:

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (27 November – 3 December 2021)

South Korea [1-7]

  • On November 27, nine new cases were reported. The cases comprise of a draftee of an Army unit in Yeoncheon and in Pocheo, an officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul and other cases include an officer of an Army unit in Goyang.
  • On November 29, thirteen new cases were reported. The cases comprise of three Army conscripts stationed in Seoul, a civilian employee of the Air Force based in Osan, an Army officer stationed in Yangju and 5 other military personnel.
  • On November 30, twenty-three new cases were reported. The cases comprise of five Army officers and a conscript stationed in Sejong, civilian employee of the Army based in Seoul, an Army conscript from Jincheon and Seoul. Twenty of the additional patients reported were fully vaccinated.
  • On December 1, thirty-eight new cases were reported. The total cluster as of December 1 in Gangwon province was 58. The cases comprise of ten Army conscripts stationed at a base in Hwacheon. All of the newly added patients from the base were fully vaccinated.
  • On December 2, seventy-two new cases were reported including cluster infections at an Army unit in Gangwon Province, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,438. The total cluster as of December 2 in Gangwon province was 62.
  • On December 3, thirty-eight new cases were reported bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,476. All but one of the additional patients reported were fully vaccinated. Of the cumulative cases in the military, 262 patients are still under treatment. The total number of breakthrough infections reached 755.

United States [8-9] 

  • On November 24, a 47-year-old navy reservist died from COVID-19 complications. He was assigned to Navy Reserve Center Forth Worth and is the fourth Navy reservist to die from COVID-19.
  • As of December 1, a total of 254,805 cases with 2,291 hospitalizations and 77 deaths have been reported in the US military. There were 88,589 cases in the Army, 49,432 cases in the Navy, 45,000 cases in the Air Force, 41,128 cases in the National Guard, 28,983 cases in the Marine Corps and 1,673 cases in the DoD Agencies.

Sources:    

  1. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211127001600325?section=national/defense
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  7. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211203003800325?section=national/defense
  8. https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2021-11-30/us-navy-reservist-death-coronavirus-covid-19-3802610.html
  9. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/
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