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Coronavirus

South Korea reports 169 new coronavirus cases, including US soldier

Members of South Korea and U.S. Special forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted by South Korean and U.S. special forces troops at Gunsan Air Force base in Gunsan, South Korea, in Nov. 2019.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea reported 169 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including a U.S. soldier, as health authorities readied an ambitious plan to test more than 200,000 members of a church hit hardest by the country's outbreak.

The new cases pushed the total tally to 1,146, with the numbers expected to rise as the government widens its testing.

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