Washington, March 26 | US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has issued an order to stop movements of overseas US forces for up to 60 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus among military, according to media reports.
In an interview on Wednesday with a media outlet, the Pentagon chief said the order applied to all US forces, civilian personnel, and families, while noting that there would be some exceptions, Xinhua news agency reported.
Esper said that the US force’s withdrawal from Afghanistan would continue. Under the US-Taliban deal that was inked last month, the US would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 within 135 days. Currently, there are about 13,000 US troops in the country.
The exceptions might also include naval vessels scheduled to return to the US, according to a leading US media house, adding that the order will affect 90,000 expected scheduled deployments, including both troops scheduled to return home and deploy overseas.
The Pentagon on the same day also raised the Health Protection Condition (HPCOM) level to its second-highest level “Charlie” at all Defence Department installations globally, which directs to cancel large-scale meetings, implement remote work procedures, among others.
The Department of Defense reported 435 COVID-19 cases as of 5 a.m. March 25.
A contractor at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) died on Saturday due to the coronavirus, the first such fatality related to the Pentagon.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”