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US, South Korea postpone upcoming combined command post training overconcerns about Covid-19 coronavirus

27 February 2020

US and South Korean forces have postponed “until further notice” their combined command post training slated for March over concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in South Korea.

The Republic of Korea (RoK)/United States Combined Forces Command (CFC) said in a statement published on 27 February that the move to put off the computer-simulated training followed Seoul's decision to raise its alert rating to "severe" – the highest level – amid a rapid increase in the number of reported Covid-19 cases in South Korea.

The containment efforts for Covid-19 and the safety of South Korean and US service members “were prioritised” in making this decision, said the CFC, adding that General Park Hanki, Chairman of the RoK Joint Chiefs of Staff, first raised the issue, with CFC and United States Forces Korea Commander General Robert Abrams agreeing on the deferment "based on the severity of the present Covid-19 situation within South Korea”.

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