Coronavirus: Pacific Fleet imposes 14-day isolation for sailors returning from China as US military bans travel there

The U.S. government and international partners are working closely to monitor an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan City in China’s Hubei province. FDA
The U.S. government and international partners are working closely to monitor an outbreak caused by a new coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan City in China’s Hubei province. FDA

Coronavirus: Pacific Fleet imposes 14-day isolation for sailors returning from China as US military bans travel there

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

The Navy has ordered sailors on leave in China to return immediately and will isolate them for 14 days to protect the force from the novel coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections.

Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Chris Aquilino ordered the measures in a message to his commanders obtained Sunday by Stars and Stripes. It coincides with an Indo-Pacific Command statement that bans nonessential travel to mainland China and directs all Defense Department personnel there on temporary duty and in leave status to depart immediately. “As a service we inherently work in close quarters in our operational units, and our personnel are the primary resource for all our platforms,” he wrote. “If you have active duty personnel on leave in China, ensure they return as soon as possible. Any active duty personnel returning from China shall be kept separate from their unit for a period of 14 days, starting from day of departure from China.”

Aquilino also ordered screening of all personnel on leave to find out who might have been exposed to the virus.

“All Commands are directed to ensure members report any travel to China or personal contract with individuals who have traveled to China since [Dec. 31],” he ordered.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.617372

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