Pentagon orders halt overseas movement for United States military over coronavirus

Laverne Higgins
March 27, 2020

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a 60-day freeze Wednesday on moves by US troops and civilian defense employees overseas in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The Pentagon has said it hopes this will curb the spread of the virus. The move stopped the deployment or redeployment of some 90,000 United States service members for the next two months.

A full withdrawal of all USA and coalition forces would occur within 14 months of the deal getting signed, if the Taliban holds up its end of the deal.

In a statement, the Pentagon confirmed that a USA marine stationed at the Department of Defense has contracted the disease and the workplace has been fully sanitized.

Chinese mainland reports zero increase in domestic COVID-19 cases
There are over 339,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 14,000, while more than 98,000 have recovered. Life is slowly returning to normal in Hubei, which is home to some 60 million people.


The Pentagon on Wednesday also raised the military's health protection level on all DoD installations globally to the second-highest setting, known as "Charlie", as the number of COVID-19-positive service members continues to increase.

"We are not maxing our capacity in our labs around the world", Joint Staff Surgeon Brig.

As the infection rates climb and military exercises are canceled, along many other group activities, Pentagon officials are increasingly acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic could affect military readiness for a conflict or crisis. He pointed out the decision was made to prevent the military from "bringing the virus back" to the USA and infecting healthy citizens.

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