04:36 GMT10 May 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US military has halted troop movement for 60 days to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) but it will not affect the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, the Defence Department said in a statement.

    "Today, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted a 60-day stop movement order for all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their sponsored family members overseas. This measure is taken to aid in further prevention of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), to protect US personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force," the release said on Wednesday.

    The order is not expected to impact the drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan, the statement added.

    Earlier, the Pentagon reported 94 new coronavirus cases, bringing to 435 the number of its infected servicemen and civilians, one of whom died of the disease.

    As of Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University reported that there are 60,155 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 827 deaths related to the disease in the United States.


    Pentagon Struggles to Enable Staff, Contractors to Work From Home Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Report
    Pentagon Says Preparing Two Navy Hospital Ships to Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak
    Media, Pentagon Speculate DPRK Covering Up COVID-19 Outbreak as Kim Stays Far from Capital
    Pentagon Says It Doesn’t Have Enough Resources to Help Civilians in Coronavirus Fight
    Pentagon Cancels Deployment of 20,000 Troops to Poland for Anti-Russia War Games
    Mark Esper, counter, troops, COVID-19, coronavirus, Pentagon, US
    Community standardsDiscussion