Military Infectious Disease Surveillance

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (8-14 January 2022)

United States Forces Korea [1-2] 

  • On Jan 8, the USFK raised its health protection condition to ‘Bravo Plus’ peninsula-wide until further notice after recording 682 infections of COVID-19 in the past week. This effectively will ban dining at restaurants outside the bases and visiting indoor areas. Travel to the capital Seoul will be prohibited, except for official duties.  
  • On Jan 12, the number of COVID-19 cases more than doubled over the past week with 1,599 additional cases representing a record high number in its weekly tally. Only 10 of the cases accounted from Jan 4 to 11 were imported. The total number of COVID-19 cases reported among the USFK-affiliated population totaled 4,262 with nearly 90% vaccination rate.

South Korea [3-8] 

  • Between Jan 8 -Jan 14, a total of 135 cases were reported in the military, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 3,553. Currently, 199 military personnel are under treatment and of the total military caseload, 1,733 are breakthrough cases. The cases were reported from the Army (90), Air Force (31), Navy (1), Marine Corps (1), officer of the defense ministry (1) and unit under the direct control of the ministry (11). 

United States Forces Japan [9-12] 

  • On Jan 7, U.S. bases in Japan confirmed 348 new coronavirus cases that accumulated during the week. With 2,123 active cases at 19 of its installations, from Misawa Air Base to Okinawa. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni reported 501 active cases and another 88 between Jan 7 and Jan 9. Due to increased cases, renewed public health measures were approved for three prefectures effective Jan 9 until Jan 31: Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Iwakuni and neighboring Hiroshima. These measures will keep U.S. military personnel to base facilities except for “essential activities”.  
  • As of Jan 11, U.S. military commands in Japan accounted for nearly 800 cases of COVID-19 over the past six days. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, confirmed 83 new infections between Jan 9-10, down from 182 cases on Jan 4. Sasebo Naval Base on Kyushu Island reported 66 new cases between Jan 9-10, Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, reported 179 active cases. 

United States [13-14] 

  • As of January 12, a total of 299,839 cases with 2,378 hospitalizations and 88 deaths have been reported in the US military. There were 97,802 cases in the Army, 66,275 cases in the Navy, 56,765 cases in the Air Force, 43,158 cases in the National Guard, 33,781 cases in the Marine Corps and 2,058 cases in the DoD Agencies.  
  • Three of the 88 service members who have died from COVID-19 complications had received vaccines. Two were partially vaccinated, while another received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson. Maximum number of deaths came in August with the surge in delta variant followed by 14 in September and 12 in October 2021. Forty-one out of 88 COVID-19 deaths in the military have been among Army Reserve members and National Guardsmen although they account for less than a quarter of the military’s total end strength. 

Israel [15] 

  • On Jan 11, two top generals contracted COVID-19 as the number of confirmed cases skyrocketed in the military over the past week. After averaging a few hundred confirmed cases over the course of several weeks, recent days have seen the numbers skyrocket, from 990 on Jan 3, to 1,778 on Jan 6, 3,160 on Jan 9 and 5,187 on Jan 11. All infected individuals have of mild symptoms and 6,231 service members are in home quarantine after coming into contact with an infected person as of Jan 9. 

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (1-7 January 2022)

South Korea [1-6]

  • On 2 January, a total of 25 new cases, including 23 breakthrough cases, were reported from the Army (12 cases), Air Force (7 cases) and Navy (6 cases). This brings the total caseload in the South Korean military to 3,303 with 271 active infections as of 2 January 2022.
  • On 3 January, 8 cases were reported, including 5 cases from the Army, and one case each from the Air Force and a unit under direct control of the defense ministry. Of the newly reported cases, 7 were breakthrough cases. This brings the total number of cases in the military to 3,311 cases, with 1507 breakthrough cases and 240 active cases.
  • On 4 January, a total of 25 new cases were reported in overseas (4 cases) and domestic (21 cases). Cases were reported from troops stationed in Lebanon (Dongmyeong unit, 2 cases) and South Sudan (Hanbit unit, 2 cases). The new domestic cases were reported from the Army (14 cases), the Air Force (4 cases), units under direct control of the defense ministry (2 cases) and the Navy (1 case). The total number of cases in the military domestically is 3,332 cases including 1,527 breakthrough cases.
  • On 5 January, 28 new cases were reported from the Army (14 cases), units directly under the defense ministry’s control (9 cases), Air Force (2 cases), Marine Corps (2 cases), and the Navy (1 case). A total of 25 of the new infections were breakthrough cases. This brings the total caseload in the military to 3,360 cases with 1,552 breakthrough cases.
  • On 6 January, 16 cases were reported, including 15 breakthrough cases, bringing the total caseload in the military to 3,376 cases. Of the new cases, 14 were breakthrough infections which brings the total number of breakthrough cases to 1,566. The new cases were reported from the Army and Air Force (6 cases each), and units under the direct command of the defense ministry (4 cases).

United States [7]

  • On 4 January 2022, a total of 3 cases were reported from the US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands from 37 army personnel and their families under the 2-week entry quarantine.

United States Forces Japan [8-14]

  • Between 27 December 2021 and 3 January 2021, a total of 143 cases were reported from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, of which 73 cases were reported between 31 December 2021 and 3 January 2022.
  • Between 27 and 28 December 2021, the Combined Arms Training Centre Camp Fuji reported 10 new infections as of 29 December 2021.
  • As of 2 January 2022, 234 new cases were reported from 9 U.S. Forces bases in Okinawa Prefecture. No additional details of the cases were reported, but the high number of cases follows the decision to test all military personnel and related individuals for COVID-19 within 24 hours upon entry into Japan, from 30 December 2021. As of 1 January 2022, a total of 522 new infections was reported amongst the US military in Japan in December 2021.
  • On 5 January 2022, 338 cases were reported across US bases in Japan. The new cases included 156 cases from the previous week, but were mainly attributed to 182 new cases reported from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on 4 January 2022. In response to increased cases across the USFJ bases, all bases have increased the Health Protection Condition Level to Bravo on 5 January 2021. The latest guidelines mandates mask-wearing for all USFJ-affiliated individuals while off-base and in indoors and public areas within bases, regardless of vaccination status. The latest case updates at the following bases are as follows:
      • Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni: The base has reported 422 cases as of 4 January 2022, since cluster initiation on 24 December 2021.
      • Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji: 41 cases as of 5 January, since late December 2021
      • Yokota Air base: 57 new cases reported on 5 January 2021, bringing the total caseload to 64. 30 of the new cases were returning to Japan from the U.S. and were in quarantine, 4 cases were close contacts of previous cases, and remaining 23 cases were identified by the base public health authorities.
      • Naval Air Facility Atsugi: 69 new cases reported on 5 January 2021, of which 42 recently arrived in Japan, 18 were symptomatic, 4 were close contacts, and 5 cases pending investigation on their source of infection.
      • U.S Army Japan: 14 new cases reported between 29 December 2021 and 5 January 2022. Of the new cases. 7 were recent arrivals to Japan, 4 were close contacts and 3 were symptomatic.
      • Sasebo Naval Base: 17 cases as of 4 January 2021, of which 16 cases were reported since 28 December 2021. Of the active cases, 11 were symptomatic and the remaining were detected during medical screening
      • Okinawa bases: 6 cases were reported at Kadena Air Base (2 cases) , Marine’s Camp Foster (1 case) and unspecified locations (3 cases) on 5 January 2022.
  • As of 6 January 2022, a total of 1,784 active cases were reported across 18 US bases through Japan. New cases were reported from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (115 new cases) and the US bases in Okinawa (162 cases) on 6 January 2022. The high active case numbers are mainly attributed to those from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (529 cases), Camp Hansen (282 cases) and Yokosuka Naval Base (213 cases) as of 6 January 2022.

United States Forces Korea[15]

  • Between 27 December 2021 and 3 January 2021, a total of 682 cases were reported from US bases in South Korea, the highest weekly count ever reported by USFK. The previous peak was 467 cases reported between 21 December and 27 December 2021. Of the 682 new cases, all but one case were domestic cases, with the last case being a new arrival to South Korea.

Colombia [16]

  • A chagas disease outbreak has been reported at a military base in Cesar, northern Columbia. An unspecified number of soldiers were infected, with 2 deaths and 7 ICU admissions. The infections have been linked to the consumption of food.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (20 – 26 November 2021)

Germany [1]

·       As of 22 Nov, there were 1,215 active cases in the military and the ministry’s civilian staff. Two deaths have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

India [2,3]

·       As of 24 Nov, 11 fully vaccinated India Army officers who were pursuing a certificate course in business management at the Indian Institute of Management in Madhya Pradesh have been tested positive. They were all asymptomatic and have been placed in isolation. 65 contacts have been identified and samples have been send for testing.

·       On 25 Nov, another 3 fully vaccinated Army officers pursuing the course in Indian Institute of Management were tested positive bringing the number of infected personnel to 14 in the last five days.

South Korea [4-9] 

·       On 20 Nov, 7 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,182. The cases consist of an Army soldier who had returned from vacation while remaining cases include commissioned officers from Army, Air Force and an employee at the defense ministry.

·       On 22 Nov, 5 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,193. The cases include an Army officer in Paju who had return from vacation, an officer from defense ministry in Seoul and three service members who had contact with their infected family members.

·       On 23 Nov, 10 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,203. The cases consist of an officer of the South Korea-US Combined Forces Command in Seoul, a civilian employee of the Air Force in Osan, an Army officer in Daejeon, an Army officer in Pocheon whose family member was tested positive and three service members who had returned from their vacation.

·       On 24 Nov, 14 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,217. The cases include 6 Army service members following their vacation, an officer of Air Force unit in Osan and another service member from the same unit after having contact with the officer, a daftee of an Army unit in Pyeongtaek and an officer of an Army unit in Suncheon who both had contact with infected individuals in their bases and an officer of a military unit in Mungyeong whose family member was infected.

·       On 25 Nov, 28 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,245. The cases include 2 Army officers and 4 troops from Gyeryong who were identified after a civilian employee in their base were tested positive, 5 Army officers in Seoul after a fellow was tested positive after vacation, 7 service members who were identified following their vacation and 3 individuals whose family members were infected.

·       On 26 Nov, 19 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases among the military personnel to 2,264. The cases consist of 2 Army conscript in Paju after one of their fellows was tested positive, an officer in a unit under direct control of the ministry in Seoul and an Army conscript in Pyeongtaek following the detection of a case in both bases, a conscript in another ministry-controlled base in Seongnam who was identified prior hospitalization for other reason, a civilian employee of the Army in Jeonju and 8 members following their vacations.

United States Forces Korea (USFK) [10]

·       From 16 Nov to 22 Nov, 39 cases were tested positive bringing the total cases in the USFK-affiliated population to 1,738.

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (13 – 19 November 2021)

Canada [1]

  • On 18 November, 9 COVID-19 cases have been reported from attending a Petawawa military exercise involving approximately 500 personnel. As a preventive measure, all members involved in this exercise have been instructed to self-isolate, and up to 1,500 of their household and close contacts have also been told to limit their movements in the community, regardless of their vaccination status.

South Korea [2-7] 

  • On 13 November, 8 new cases were reported in the military. This brings the total number of cases reported in the military to 2,118 cases, of which 412 were breakthrough patients. The new cases were reported from 8 different military units, and all but one were breakthrough infections amongst those who are fully vaccinated.
  • On 15 November, 3 new cases were reported from 2 Army officers from Hwacheon and Yeoncheon following their return from their vacation, and another Army officer from Cheorwon who stayed in the same spot with a civilian patient. All new cases were fully vaccinated, and brought the total caseload in South Korea’s military to 2,126 cases.
  • On 16 November, 9 new cases were reported from a Marine Crops draftee in Jeju, an officer in Gwacheon, and an army conscript and Navy officer in Pyeongtaek. The remaining 5 cases tested positive after their family members were infected. This brings the total number of infections in the military to 2,135 cases.
  • On 17 November, 12 new cases were reported in the South Korean military, bringing the total caseload amongst its personnel to 2,147 cases. Of the new cases, 7 service members were infected during their vacations, a civilian employee from the Army unit of Cheorwon was a contact of a previous confirmed case, and an officer based in the ministry compound in Seoul was symptomatic but 60 military personnel who came into contact with the case tested negative.
  • On 18 November, 18 new cases were reported. This includes service members returning from their vacations (7 cases), who were infected from coming into contact with infected people at their bases or in the community (5 cases), and were symptomatic (3 cases). This brings the total number of cases in the military to 2,165 cases.
  • On 18 November, 10 new cases were reported, of which 9 cases were fully vaccinated. Five of the new cases were reported from service members on their vacations, and 3 other cases were picked up during regular COVID-19 examination, was a contact of a previous case, or had a case reported from their base (1 case each). As of 19 November 2021, the South Korean military had reported 2,175 cases amongst its personnel.

Sources:   

  1.  https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/covid-outbreak-in-petawawa-linked-to-petawawa
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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (6-12 November 2021)

South Korea [1-4]

  • On November 8, the South Korean military reported 3 new COVID-19 cases – a Navy officer stationed in Jinhae, a civilian worker under the defense ministry, and a civilian employee of the Army in Hwaseong. This brings its caseload to 2,081.
  • On November 9, 7 new cases were reported in Army soldiers and civilian employee in the South Korean military. Five were Army conscripts, while the remaining two case were in an Army officer based in Jangseong and a Goyang-based civilian employee who had an infected family member.
  • On November 11, 10 new cases were reported in the South Korean military. Three were draftees in Gwacheon, who had a recent vacation; a Marine Corps officer and a civilian worker contracted the virus from their families; and an Army officer in Iksan was detected upon symptom development. Nine of the new cases were fully vaccinated.
  • On November 12, 5 new COVID-19 cases were reported in South Korea’s military, bringing the total caseload among military personnel to 2,110. Among the new cases, a Marine Corps officer tested positive after a family member was infected, a draftee in Nonsan was infected during quarantine, while another civilian employee in Goyang tested positive after symptom development.

United States [5] 

As of November 12, the US military recorded 251,698 COVID-19 cases, including 247,100 recoveries, 2,272 hospitalisations and 75 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (87,641), Marine Corps (28,761), Navy (49,045), Air Force (43,947), National Guard (40,662), and other agencies (1,642). A total of 1,524,901 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (534,916), Marine Corps (180,418), Navy (377,977) and Air Force (431,590); 317,938 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (226,568), Marine Corps (14,718), Navy (14,928) and Air Force (61,724).

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