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USFK Removes Travel Restrictions for Daegu After Decline in Coronavirus Cases

USFK Removes Travel Restrictions for Daegu After Decline in Coronavirus Cases

SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday it has removed travel restrictions for South Korea’s southeastern city of Daegu as new coronavirus cases in the area have been on the decline recently. In February, USFK designated Daegu as a coronavirus “hot spot” and banned all service members from making nonessential [...]

USFK Commander Praises S. Korea’s Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak

USFK Commander Praises S. Korea’s Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak

SEOUL, March 17 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Gen. Robert Abrams has praised South Korea’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, commending local health authorities as “extraordinary partners” for their professionalism, transparency and coordination efforts. “Cannot underscore enough how great KCDC has been for us to work with. Open, transparent, collaborative and extremely [...]

USFK Imposes Tougher Process for Installation Access over Coronavirus Outbreak

USFK Imposes Tougher Process for Installation Access over Coronavirus Outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has limited all service members’ off-installation travel and implemented a tougher process for accessing garrisons following the first coronavirus case among its members. On Monday, a 61-year-old USFK widowed dependent residing in the southeastern city of Daegu tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the U.S. military [...]

USFK Limits Soldiers’ Travel to Daegu, Closes Several Facilities amid Surge in Coronavirus Cases

USFK Limits Soldiers’ Travel to Daegu, Closes Several Facilities amid Surge in Coronavirus Cases

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has banned “non-essential” travel to and from South Korea’s southeastern city of Daegu and shut down all of its children-related facilities there in the wake of a surge in new coronavirus cases in the region. Since Wednesday, South Korea has confirmed more than 70 additional [...]

Itaewon in the Doldrums After U.S. Base Withdrawal and Gentrification

Itaewon in the Doldrums After U.S. Base Withdrawal and Gentrification

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — When TV personality Hong Suk-chun opened a Thai restaurant in Itaewon 14 years ago, the best-known foreigners’ district in South Korea was always bustling with American soldiers and foreign tourists, as well as local visitors sampling the exotic ambience of the neighborhood. Hong has since seen the district lose [...]