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S Korea Says 60 New Army Recruits at a Boot Camp Have Tested Positive for COVID

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FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, soldiers wearing face masks line up to buy train tickets as they are allowed to take leave after more than two months of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says 60 new army recruits at a boot camp have tested positive for the coronavirus, the military’s largest cluster infection.

The Defense Ministry says in a statement the recruits had been taking basic training at an army unit in Yeoncheon, a town near the tense border with North Korea, at the start of their 18 months of mandatory military service.

The statement says one of the recruits was found to have contracted the virus on Wednesday morning before 59 others tested positive later in the day.

It says more tests are underway to determine whether 860 other recruits and troops at the Yeoncheon unit have been infected with the virus too.

South Korean health authorities on Tuesday recorded 382 new cases, taking the country’s’ total to 31,735 with 513 deaths.