US Pentagon bans all domestic travel for employees, including military, with small exceptions
Another US-Israel joint military exercise canceled due to coronavirus fears
The US and Israel have canceled another joint military exercise as the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally. "Israeli Defense Force (IDF), has canceled the remaining portion of Exercise Juniper Cobra 20. The decision is in alignment with recent Israeli Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19, and a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of all participants," the US Europe Command said in a statement Thursday.
The Pentagon announced late Friday night that it had banned all domestic travel for U.S. military members and all other employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ban begins on Monday and is scheduled to end May 11, the Washington Post.
All Department of Defense employees are covered in the ban, including service members and their families stationed at DoD facilities.
There are small exceptions, for things that are “mission-essential,” for necessary humanitarian actions and “warranted” for extreme hardship.
The Pentagon also suspended all official visits to the physical building itself, it announced late Friday.
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The coronavirus has infected more than 1,700 people in the United States and killed more than 40 as of Friday night.
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