US Freezes Overseas Troop Movements In Coronavirus Lockdown

26 Mars, 2020, 18:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • 227 US soldiers confirmed with Wuhan virus

The new data also included the first case of a service member permanently station at the Pentagon to test positive for the virus, a Marine who has been in self-isolation since March 13.

As of Wednesday morning, 227 service members have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Pentagon officials said 600 individuals linked to the military had now tested positive for the virus worldwide.

The DOD said on Sunday a contractor, who worked at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, died after testing positive for Covid-19, according to CNBC. Both have since been isolated and received medical care, officials said. All sailors will remain onboard the ship and all 5,000 sailors are slated to be tested; however, Roosevelt only has 800 testing kits onboard and limited testing capacity.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday (March 25) ordered the U.S. military to halt all travel overseas for 60 days in an effort to mitigate the spread of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected 227 soldiers.

"This measure is taken to aid in further prevention of the spread of the coronavirus disease to protect USA personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force", according to the memo. There will reportedly be some exceptions, as for naval vessels scheduled to return to the U.S.

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But on Wednesday, Air Force Brig.

"We're going to continue to see this - no surprise - continue to grow", Friedrichs told reporters.

'His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate risk and preserve the health of our Marines, civilians, and families, ' said Captain Butterfield.

When asked by Fox News' Jennifer Griffin if it was wise to ease restrictions by Easter, Friedrichs said he did not think there was a "great deal of value in speculating a particular date". "This is a significant infectious disease outbreak, and it is going to be weeks, not days. I'm not sure how to say it any more clearly than that".

The US now has some 68,597 reported cases of coronavirus across the country, and some 1,035 deaths. The death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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