Military and Police in South Korea and Japan to Help in Combating COVID-19

Governments in South Korea and Japan plan to deploy their police and military forces to help in combating the spreading infection of coronavirus in their countries.

Governments in South Korea and Japan plan to deploy their police and military forces to help in combating the spreading infection of coronavirus in their countries.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered “every available” authorities from the military and public service to help the country’s healthcare sector with its contact tracing efforts.

The move came after the Korean Center For Disease Control recorded 615 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

Moon also urged COVID-19 testing centers to extend their operating hours into the night, as well as on weekends, to allow workers to get tested at their convenience, especially in the greater Seoul area.

As of Monday, South Korea has already reported 38,161 coronavirus cases, including 549 deaths.

In Japan, chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato announced on Monday that the country is preparing to deploy nurses from the Self-Defense Forces to the hard-hit regions of Osaka and Hokkaido as soon as the two prefecture governments request it.

The decision came as the country’s two prefectures experienced a shortage of hospital staff as the surge of COVID-19 cases continued to exhaust the medical system in several regions of the Japan.

Japan currently has more than 163,000 COVID-19 cases with 2,300 deaths.


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