Leaders apologize for navy ship outbreak
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and Defense Minister Suh Wook apologized as hundreds of COVID-19 infected sailors were flown to Seoul on Tuesday after a navy destroyer patrolling the waters off Africa was found to be riddled with the coronavirus. Close to 250 of the 301-strong unvaccinated crew aboard the destroyer Munmu the Great were infected. This is the country’s biggest cluster of COVID-19 military cases, sparking a public furor at the government’s failure to protect those serving abroad. The destroyer left South Korea just a couple of weeks before the national vaccination program was kicked off.