U.S. Freezes Overseas Military Movements for Two Months to Stop Coronavirus Spread


A two-month freeze on abroad deployments for U.S. navy personnel and their households has been ordered to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has enacted the 60-day cease order for all Department of Defense (DOD) uniformed and civilian personnel and their households in a transfer which is anticipated to impact workout routines and “global force management activities,” the DOD said in a memo.

It stated that round 90,000 service members will likely be affected though there are some exemptions reminiscent of for these offering medical remedy to personnel and people who are already en path to their deployment.

“Additional exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case scenario where travel is deemed mission essential, humanitarian in nature or warranted due to extreme hardship. Such exceptions may be approved by Combatant Commanders, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Secretaries of Military Departments,” the memo stated.

U.S. Freezes Overseas Military Movements for Two Months to Stop Coronavirus Spread
A U.S. soldier stands guard at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018. The drawndown of troops from Afghanistan is not going to be affected by a 60-day freeze on U.S. navy personnel deployments that has simply been introduced.

The order is just not anticipated to impression the continued drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, following an settlement struck in Doha final month with the Taliban wherein the U.S. agreed to initially scale back its presence to eight,600 troopers over 135 days. However this week, the commander of U.S. Central Command Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. informed lawmakers the plans for the complete withdrawal haven’t been developed but, the Military Times reported.

On Tuesday, a U.S. marine stationed on the Pentagon was put into isolation at his house after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

In a press release, the DOD stated that the marine’s “work space has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate risk and preserve the health of the workforce at the Pentagon.”

The Pentagon, which has a workers of round 22,000, has reported 415 coronavirus instances, 227 of whom had been active-duty navy, 81 civilians, 67 dependants, and 40 contractors. One one that was a contractor has died.

Kim Joiner, deputy assistant secretary of protection for navy neighborhood and household coverage, stated in a press release, “We are working hard to provide timely and accurate updates and helpful resources for our service members and their families.

“Our households can really feel assured about discovering official data and steering on our web sites and social media platforms. While now we have made mandatory adjustments in response to this pandemic, one factor stays the identical — our dedication to serving our navy neighborhood.” Newsweek contacted the Pentagon for additional remark.

The graphic beneath from Statista reveals the confirmed COVID-19 instances globally.

U.S. Freezes Overseas Military Movements for Two Months to Stop Coronavirus Spread
A graphic offered by Statista reveals the worldwide unfold of the brand new coronavirus.