"The Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. alliance has chose to postpone the joint combined command post training planned for the first half of this year until further notice as the South Korean government has raised the alert level to the highest level due to COVID-19", stated Kim Jun-rak, Chief of Public Affairs in Joint Chiefs of Staff - South Korea.
With an American service member among those infected, the U.S. has postponed scheduled joint military drills with South Korea and urged Americans to avoid travel to the country.
South Korean Marines, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, and U.S. Marines move together during the annual joint military exercise Key Resolve and Foal Eagle by South Korea and the United States in Pohang, South Korea, Monday, March 7, 2016. A total of 13 people had died, it added.
A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu - South Korea's fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million - before being diagnosed.
For the first time, the coronavirus has caused more new cases outside China, the epicenter of the outbreak, than inside the country.
A woman wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus walks past a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony in Daegu, South Korea on February 21, 2020.
Daegu's hospitals have struggled to cope with the caseload and mayor Kwon Young-jin appealed for medical volunteers to step forward: "I plead to local doctors and nurses".
Officials have urged the public to be extra cautious, advising citizens to stay home if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms.
Spooked by the impact on China, the world's second-biggest economy and the heart of corporate supply chains, and the increasing effect on other countries, stock markets sank deeper into the red and oil prices fell.
Though the virus has pushed into countries both rich and poor, its arrival in places with little ability to detect, respond and contain it brought worry that it could run rampant there and spread easily elsewhere.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Asian country and the Combined Forces Command of the Republic of Korea-United States, expressed concern about a possible escalation of the disease to the threat of national security.
South Korea has demanded that the negotiations remain within the current framework, which requires it mainly fund administrative, logistical and some construction costs.
A group of Catholics who recently returned from a pilgrimage to Israel had been one of the cluster infections.