U.S. halts overseas military movement for 60 days

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered all troops to remain where they are for the next 60 days.

CNN said the freeze order affects 90,000 scheduled deployments.

The move stopped the deployment or redeployment of some 90,000 United States service members for the next two months.

The statement says the order is not expected to impact the drawdown of USA forces from Afghanistan, which is proceeding based on a peace deal with the Taliban.

The US military said on Tuesday that three sailors aboard an aircraft carrier deployed in the Pacific Ocean tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Esper raised the health protection status for all defense installations worldwide in response to the outbreak, limiting access and encouraging teleworking across the Defense Department, a step replicated in many workplaces around the world.

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. Earlier Wednesday, the US military announced it is elevating its health threat level to "Charlie", meaning only essential personnel will be allowed onto military bases.

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