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Military suspends drafting soldiers in Daegu

Soldiers sing a marching song at this year’s first army basic training graduation in the southwestern city of Gwangju on Jan. 8. (Yonhap)
Soldiers sing a marching song at this year’s first army basic training graduation in the southwestern city of Gwangju on Jan. 8. (Yonhap)

South Korea’s Military Manpower Administration said Thursday that it had decided to suspend physical examinations for conscript candidates in Daegu and adjacent North Gyeongsang Province until March 6.

The decision was a response to the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 linked to a church there. Men who have already passed the physical and are waiting to join the military will be asked to delay enlistment, the agency said.

It has also postponed interviews for Navy and Air Force applicants after mid-March.

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)
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