Winter Olympics 2018: More Than 1,200 Security Workers Pulled Due To Illness

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Just days before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, there are already security issues.

According to reports, 900 military personnel have been called in for backup by the organizing committee after more than 1,200 security workers were pulled from the games due to illness.

PyeongChang Olympic organizers were concerned over the spread of the Norovirus, so the security workers were pulled.

From the report:

On Monday, the Korean Centre for Disease Control and Prevention began a survey of everyone staying there. Those workers displaying symptoms will be sent to the hospital and those that do not will remain at the center until there are no further cases.

The affected workers have been isolated and asked to stay in their accommodations.

In their absence, 900 military personnel will work across 20 venues until the affected workers can return.

The organizing committee is working with the Korean CDC to stop the spread of the virus, including disinfecting facilities and equipment.

The Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at PyeongChang Stadium. The ceremony will air from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. ET.