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SOUTH KOREA/JAPAN – South Korea, Japan to deploy military to combat COVID-19 (Al Jazeera)

South Korea and Japan are deploying their militaries to assist healthcare workers in combatting COVID-19, with South Korean soldiers called in to expand coronavirus testing and tracing and Japanese military nurses tapped to fill a shortage of staff at hospitals in the hard-hit regions of Hokkaido and Osaka.

Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, on Monday ordered the government to mobilise “every available” resource to track infections and to expand testing by deploying the military and more people from the public service, presidential Blue House spokesman Chung Man-ho told a briefing.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/7/south-korea-japan-to-deploy-military-to-combat-covid-19

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