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United States freezes overseas troop movements in coronavirus lockdown

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Gustavo Carr | 27 March, 2020, 05:57

The US Defense Department has ordered a freeze on all troops movements overseas for 60 days to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the Charlie designation, large-scale meetings at some DoD installations will be canceled, people's temperatures will need to be taken before they are allowed into military buildings, and some entrances to buildings will be restricted, Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah told reporters Wednesday.

According to the report, all service members overseas or set to deploy from the USA will remain in their current locations for two months.

CNN further said the decision means troops in places like Iraq or Afghanistan could see their deployments extended by two months.

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

The Pentagon reportedly believes pandemic will "continue to grow", despite a clamor from within the Trump admnistration to reopen businesses, relax some restrictions and jumpstart the sputtering economy by Easter.

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He said the party supports the aid package because Canadians need the help. -Canada border has always been a point of pride. The Globe and Mail is not identifying the official because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

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

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

As of Thursday morning (March 26), the Pentagon had reported 415 COVID-19 cases, including 227 soldiers, 81 civilian employees, 67 dependents, and 40 contractors.

The U.S. Military has come to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, the military has said that it was preparing to deploy field hospitals to Seattle and NY, and has put additional units on prepare-to-deploy orders.

Esper said the military was prepared to offer more resources if requested for NY state, the epicenter of the USA outbreak, which has infected more than 59,000 people across the country and killed 812.