Military Infectious Disease Surveillance

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (19-25 February 2022)

South Korea [1-6]

Between 19 and 24 February 2022, a total of 4,027 new cases were reported from the South Korean military. Cases were reported from the Army (2,556 cases), Air Force (650  cases), Navy (286 cases), Marine Corps (264 cases), units under direct command of the defense ministry (186 cases), the Defense ministry (37 cases), the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (4 cases), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2 cases). As of 24 February 2022, the total caseload in the South Korean military is 14,943 with 3,880 active infections.

United States Forces Korea [7]

Between 15 to 21 February 2022, a total of 119 new infections were reported, including 21 imported cases. This brings the total number of infections in the USFK-affiliated community to 6,237 as of 21 February 2022.

United States [8]

As of 23 February 2022, the United States military recorded 385,855 COVID-19 cases, including 350,429 recoveries, 2,540 hospitalisations and 92 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (126.699), Marine Corps (37,365), Navy (87,452), Air Force (75,680), National Guard (55,722), and other agencies (2,937). A total of 1,637,259 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (603,589), Marine Corps (195,734), Navy (384,250), Air Force (453,686); 348,065 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (283,580), Marine Corps (6,211), Navy (7,939) and Air Force (50,335).

Sources:

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  8. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (12-18 February 2022)

South Korea [1-3]

  • On February 14, South Korea’s military reported 308 cases of COVID-19, raising the total caseload to 8,945. Of the new cases, 178 were from the Army, 12 were from the Marine Corps, 80 were from the Air Force, 17 were from the Navy, 13 were from units under the defense ministry, 5 cases were from the ministry, 2 were from the South Korea-US Combined Forces Command, and 1 was from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 3,566 military personnel are under treatment.
  • On February 15, South Korea’s military reported 411 cases of COVID-19, raising the total caseload to 9,355. Of the new cases, 253 were from the Army, 18 were from the Marine Corps, 54 were from the Air Force, 32 were from the Navy, 50 were from units under the defense ministry and 4 were from the South Korea-US Combined Forces Command. 3,647 military personnel are under treatment. The United States Forces Korea also reported 162 cases over the past week, bringing the case load among the USFK-affiliated population to 6,118.
  • On February 17, South Korea’s military reported 458 cases of COVID-19, raising the total caseload to 10,282. Of the new cases, 279 were from the Army, 46 were from the Marine Corps, 75 were from the Air Force, 33 were from the Navy, 20 were from units under the defense ministry and 3 were from the South Korea-US Combined Forces Command. There were also 2 cases from the ministry.  2,784 military personnel are under treatment.

United States Forces Japan [4, 5]

The United States Forces Japan reported 115, 81 and 115 new cases across 13 installations on February 17, 16 and 15 respectively. None of the cases were hospitalised or in serious condition.

United States [6]

As of February 18, the United States military recorded 383,040 COVID-19 cases, including 339,612 recoveries, 2,522 hospitalisations and 92 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (125,340), Marine Corps (37,315), Navy (87,005), Air Force (74,752), National Guard (55,722), and other agencies (2,906). A total of 1,633,657service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (600,752), Marine Corps (195,492), Navy (384,049), Air Force (453,364); 346,532 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (281,541), Marine Corps (6,343), Navy (8,023) and Air Force (50,625).

Sources:

  1. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220214000715
  2. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220215000756
  3. https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20220217006300325?section=news
  4. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-02-17/japan-usfj-covid-19-infections-thursday-5052407.html
  5. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-02-16/us-military-covid-19-coronavirus-tokyo-japan-new-sanno-5038640.html
  6. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (5-11 February 2022)

South Korea [1-6]

  • Between 5 February to 11 February, 2,057 new infections were reported in the South Korean military. This raises the total caseload in the domestic personnel to 7,908 cases, of which 3,000 are active infections. The new cases were reported from the Army (1,094 cases), the Air Force (581 cases), the Marine corps (141 cases), the Navy (105 cases), units under direct control of the defense ministry (92 cases), the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (4 cases), the Joint Cheifs of Staff (2 cases), and the ministry (2 cases).
  • On 10 February, 2 new cases were reportedfrom the Navy’s 304-strong Cheonghae unit operating in waters off Africa, bringing the cluster’s cumulative case count to 59 cases.
  • As of 10 February, a total of 622 cases were reported from the Education & Training Command in Jinju.

United States Forces Japan [7]

  • On 4 February and 7 February, a total of 299 new infections were confirmed across 15 installations.  The higesht number of cases reported on 7 February was from Yokosuka Naval Base (32 cases) and Kadena Air base (16 cases). As of 4 February 2022, the number of active cases on these vases are 196 and 126 respectively. Remaining cases on 7 February 2022 were reported from Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Yokota Air Base (13 cases each), and Marine corps camps Courtney, Foster, Hansen, Kinser and Lester and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (28 cases).

United States Forces Korea [8]

  • From 1 February to 7 February, the US Forces Korea reported 153 new cases, including 43 imported cases, in its affiliated community. This brings the total number of cases in the USFK-affilited population to 5,956 cases.

Sources:

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (29 January – 4 February 2022)

United States Forces Japan [1-2]

  • On Jan 28, 271 COVID-19 cases were reported at 15 U.S. installations across Japan including 13 pending confirmation. The Marine Corps’ Camp Hansen reported 57 infections, followed by Kadena Air Base with 49 and Yokosuka Naval Base with 43. Okinawa prefecture confirmed 135 cases from the U.S. military community on Jan 28 while Sasebo Naval Base on Kyushu Island reported 17 new COVID-19 cases and 208 active infections and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni reported six new cases.
  • On Feb 1, 142 COVID-19 cases were reported at 13 U.S. installations across Japan. One is hospitalized and none were considered seriously ill. Yokosuka Naval Base, Misawa Air Base and Yokota Air Base reported 24, 23 and 22 new infections respectively. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni confirmed 11 new cases while four people tested positive at Sasebo Naval Base on Kyushu island, which has 121 active cases. Kadena Air Base on Okinawa reported 298 active cases and Okinawa prefecture reported 42 cases in the U.S. military community.

United States Forces Korea [3] 

  • As of Jan 31, U.S. Forces Korea reported 196 new COVID-19 cases which is less than the 379 new infections reported in the week prior.

South Korea [4-9] 

  • Between Jan 28 and Feb 4, 673 additional COVID-19 cases were reported by South Korea’s military, raising the total caseload among its domestic personnel to 5,490. Of the new military cases, 427 are from the Army, 102 from the Air Force, 48 from the Navy, 33 from the Marine Corps, one Joint Chiefs of Staff member, 11 from the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, 39 from units under the direct control of the defense ministry and ten from the ministry. Currently, 1,394 military personnel are under treatment.
  • Between Jan 29 and Feb 4, South Korean Navy’s 304-strong Cheonghae unit operating in waters off Africa reported 21 sailors positive for COVID-19, bringing its cumulative infection tally to 54.

United States [10]

  • As of February 2, the United States military recorded 365,752 COVID-19 cases, including 313,424 recoveries, 2,498 hospitalizations and 92 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (120,292), Marine Corps (36,936), Navy (81,658), Air Force (70,888), National Guard (53,323), and other agencies (2,655). A total of 1,628,980 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (597,533), Marine Corps (194,689), Navy (384,586), Air Force (452,172); 342,177 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (276,240), Marine Corps (6,334), Navy (8,169) and Air Force (51,434).

Sources:

  1. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-01-28/us-military-japan-tokyo-coronavirus-covid-19-omicron-4443133.html 
  2. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-02-02/us-military-japan-coronavirus-covid-19-tokyo-pandemic-4520888.html
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  10. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (22-28 January 2022)

Australia [1] 

  • As of January 25, nearly two dozen sailors on an Australian military relief ship have tested positive for the coronavirus. The ship was on a mission to deliver aid to Tonga following the recent volcano eruption.

South Korea [2-6] 

  • On January 24, South Korea’s military reported 24 cases of COVID-19, including 22 breakthrough infections. This raised the total caseload to 3,942, including 2,098 breakthrough cases. Of the new cases, 15 were from the Army, 4 were from the Marine Corps, 1 was from the Navy, 4 were from units under the defense ministry. 384 military personnel are under treatment.
  • On January 25, South Korea’s military reported 78 cases of COVID-19, including 67 breakthrough infections. This raised the total caseload to 4,020, including 2,165 breakthrough cases. Of the new cases, 63 were from the Army, 7 were from the Marine Corps, 4 were from the Air Force and 4 were from units under the defense ministry. 406 military personnel are under treatment.
  • On January 26, South Korea’s military reported 160 cases of COVID-19, including 147 breakthrough infections. This raised the total caseload to 4,180, including 2,312 breakthrough cases. Of the new cases, 101 were from the Army, 5 were from the Marine Corps, 15 were from the Navy, 28 were from the Air Force and 11 were from units under the defense ministry. 547 military personnel are under treatment.
  • On January 27, South Korea’s military reported 104 cases of COVID-19, including 101 breakthrough infections. This raised the total caseload to 4,284, including 2,413 breakthrough cases. Of the new cases, 79 were from the Army, 2 were from the Marine Corps, 15 were from the Air Force and 2 were from units under the defense ministry. 635 military personnel are under treatment.
  • On January 28, South Korea’s military reported 95 cases of COVID-19, including 90 breakthrough infections. This raised the total caseload to 4,378, including 2,503 breakthrough cases. Of the new cases, 72 were from the Army, 2 were from the Marine Corps, 2 were from the Navy, 12 were from the Air Force and 5 were from units under the defense ministry. 658military personnel are under treatment.

United States [7, 8]  

  • The commander of Special Operations Command in the United States military tested positive for the coronavirus on January 23.
  • As of January 28, the United States military recorded 350,452 COVID-19 cases, including 298,296 recoveries, 2,489 hospitalisations and 91 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (115,542), Marine Corps (36,513), Navy (77,193), Air Force (67,486), National Guard (51,222), and other agencies (2,496). A total of 1,623,797 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (593,756), Marine Corps (194,335), Navy (384,263), Air Force (451,443); 339,369 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (272,777), Marine Corps (6,447), Navy (8,346) and Air Force (51,799).

United States Forces Japan [9, 10] 

  • On January 25, 202 cases were reported across 16 installations. This is a slight decline compared to 246 infections, excluding 15 unconfirmed cases reported on January 24.
  • On January 27, 327 new infections, including 16 pending confirmation, were detected in the last 24 hours.

United States Forces Korea [11] 

  • In the week ending January 24, the US military population in Korea reported 379 new COVID-19 cases. This is a decline compared to 662 cases reported in the previous week.

Sources:

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (15-21 January 2022)

United States Forces Germany [1] 

  • On Jan 14, 68 new infections among U.S. forces were confirmed during the week which is an increase from 45 reported the previous week and much higher than four cases reported by the U.S. forces in the week ending Dec. 17. Base officials at Ramstein on Jan 19 did not confirm the latest figures, however it was reported that an upward trend in active COVID cases is being experienced. 

United States Forces Japan [2-4] 

  • On Jan 14, U.S. Forces Japan reported 608 new COVID-19 cases at 18 bases along with two hospitalizations and another 107 cases pending confirmation. Kadena Air Base on Okinawa accounted for the most cases with 214 people testing positive since Jan 13 followed by Yokosuka Naval Base, reporting 64 infected people. Okinawa prefecture recorded another 480 cases in the U.S. military community on Jan 14.  
  • On Jan 19, U.S. Forces Japan reported 331 new COVID-19 cases at 16 installations. Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa prefecture reported the highest one-day total, 128 cases followed by Yokota Air Base, with 34 cases and Camp Zama, in Kanagawa, reported 33 cases. Six Marine Corps bases on Okinawa accounted for 56 COVID-19 cases while hospitalization was at 3.3%.  
  • On Jan 20, U.S. Forces Japan reported 434 new COVD-19 cases at 17 bases across Japan. Another 12 individuals were pending confirmation while no cases were severe and only 1 hospitalized. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni had the maximum cases (82 new cases) followed by Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and Yokosuka Naval Base with 74 new cases each. Kadena reported a total of 806 active cases on as of Jan 20 while Camp Zama reported a total of 159 cases between Jan 12-Jan 19. MCAS Iwakuni reported a total of 77 cases on Jan 19 and 5 cases on Jan 20. The air station has reported 851 infections this month. 

South Korea [5-10] 

  • Between Jan 15 and Jan 21, a total of 240 cases of COVID-19 were reported, including 213 breakthrough infections, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 3,828. Of the new cases, 192 are from the Army, 28 from the Air Force, eight from the Navy, six from the Marine Corps and six from a unit under the direct control of the defense ministry. The Army infection count included 29 trainees at the KATUSA training academy located in Pyeongtaek17 service members and trainees at a boot camp in NonsanCurrently, 345 military personnel are under treatment. Of the total military caseload, 1,990 are breakthrough cases. 

United States [11]  

  • As of January 19, a total of 320,601 cases with 2,413 hospitalizations and 90 deaths have been reported in the US military. There were 103,663 cases in the Army, 71,779 cases in the Navy, 58,572 cases in the Air Force, 48,795 cases in the National Guard, 35,462 cases in the Marine Corps and 2,330 cases in the DoD Agencies. 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-01-19/us-forces-in-germany-contend-with-soaring-covid-numbers-4344041.html 
  2. https://www.stripes.com/covid/2022-01-14/us-military-japan-tokyo-covid-19-coronavirus-omicron-4289237.html 
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  11. https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/

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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  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.

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