Third US servicemember infected with coronavirus: A Marine in DC-area

A swab to be used for testing coronavirus. (File photo: Reuters)

A US Marine in the Washington DC-area who recently returned from travel overseas has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Saturday, in what would be the third confirmed case of a US servicemember contracting the virus.

The other two US troops are in Italy and South Korea.

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"A U.S Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, VA, tested positive today for COVID-19 and is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"The Marine recently returned from overseas where he was on official business. (Defense Secretary Mark) Esper and the White House have been briefed."

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