US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

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U.S. Army restricts travel for service members after a soldier is infected with coronavirus in South Korea and a sailor tests positive in Italy

  • The US Army restricted travel for service members after seven US Forces Korea-related personnel were infected with coronavirus, including an army soldier
  • Similar travel restrictions were issued to service members in Italy after a sailor became infected there as well. 
  • Three US service members are known to have contracted the virus worldwide: the soldier in South Korea, sailor in Italy and a Marine outside Washington, DC. 

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The U.S. Army restricted travel for service members after a soldier came down with the coronavirus[1] in South Korea[2] and a sailor was found to have also tested positive for the deadly, flu-like virus in Italy[3]

A statement tweeted by US Forces Korea on Sunday announced that the Army had ordered ‘all Army soldiers and family members moving to or from South Korea’ to postpone their travel due to concerns over the infection. 

The virus, also known as COVID-19, has infected thousands south of the 38th parallel. 

The U.S. Army restricted travel for service members after a soldier came down with the coronavirus in South Korea and a sailor was found to have also tested positive for the deadly, flu-like virus in Italy. Service members are pictured being tested in South Korea

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

A military police officer is pictured wearing a face mask at U.S. Army Garrison Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea, which service members can no longer travel to because of the coronavirus outbreak

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

A statement tweeted by US Forces Korea on Sunday announced that the Army had ordered ‘all Army soldiers and family members moving to or from South Korea’ to postpone their travel due to concerns over the infection

The travel ban will last until May 6, reports U.S.

Forces Korea. There are 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, Fox News[4] reports. 

Shortly after the announcement, the Army issued similar orders to troops stationed in Italy, where a sailor had been found infected as well. 

‘Our No.

1 priority is the protection of our soldiers, our families, our civilian work force and our Italian neighbors, protecting them from CODVID19 and ensuring at the same time we maintain mission readiness,’ said Maj. Gen.

Roger Cloutier in a video posted on Facebook.  

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

Travel restrictions also were imposed against travel to Italy. Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier (left) and Col.

Dan Vogel made the announcement in a Facebook video (pictured) on Saturday

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

‘Our No.

1 priority is the protection of our soldiers, our families, our civilian work force and our Italian neighbors, protecting them from CODVID19 and ensuring at the same time we maintain mission readiness,’ said Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier (left) in a video posted on Facebook

The sailor stationed at Naval Support Activity Naples in southern Italy tested positive for the virus on Friday, U.S.

European Command confirmed in a statement.

So far, three US service members are known to have contracted the virus worldwide. 

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

A sailor stationed at Naval Support Activity Naples in southern Italy tested positive for the virus on Friday, U.S.

European Command confirmed in a statement. Sailors are pictured on board the GNV Majestic ship anchored in quarantine in Naples on Friday

They include the soldier in South Korea, sailor in Italy and a Marine outside Washington, DC, who tested positive on for the virus.

The Marine stationed in northern Virginia was the first US service member on American soil to test positive for coronavirus.

‘A U.S Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, VA, tested positive today for COVID-19 and is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital,’ the Pentagon said in a statement on Saturday.

The Marine had recently returned from overseas where he was on ‘official business’, according to the Pentagon.

Defense Secretary Mark Secretary Esper and the White House have been briefed.

Fort Belvoir is the home to numerous significant military organizations, including the Defense Logistics Agency, the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, and the Military District of Washington’s 12th Aviation Battalion, which provides rotary-wing movement to the DoD and Congress. 

It’s unclear what the infected Marine’s duties involved, but a source said that he did not have direct contact with the nearby Pentagon.

US Army restricts travel for service members after soldier infected with coronavirus in South Korea

A Marine stationed outside Washington, DC, at Fort Belvoir was the first service member to test positive on US soil for the coronavirus

 

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References

  1. ^ coronavirus (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ South Korea (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Italy (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fox News (www.foxnews.com)

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