WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the ranks, the Pentagon chief told Reuters on Wednesday.
The measure is by far the Defense Department’s most sweeping to date and will affect forces around the world.
Esper said in an interview that the order applied to all U.S. troops, civilian personnel and families, but noted that there would be some exceptions.
“The purpose is to make sure that we’re not bringing the virus back home, infecting others, that we’re not spreading it around the military,” Esper said.
Esper said one exception to the order would be the drawdown under way in Afghanistan, which will continue.
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WNU Editor: Withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan are the exception.
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