Troops Deploying to CENTCOM Area of Responsibility Will Be Quarantined First

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U.S. Soldiers prepare equipment for a live-fire exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
U.S. Soldiers prepare equipment for a live-fire exercise at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, March 5, 2020. (U.S. Army/Spc. Derek Mustard)

U.S. and coalition troops deploying to the Middle East will be put under a 14-day predeployment quarantine at their home stations to prevent potential strain on medical facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

"This will reduce the need for quarantine in a combat environment and potentially reduce stress on limited medical facilities and resources at their respective bases in the region," the Tampa, Fla.-based command said in a statement.

CENTCOM will also work with U.S. Transportation Command to make sure that the troops are quarantined while headed to the region, the statement said. The new restrictions will be required for all U.S. and coalition service members.

U.S. and coalition troops deploying to the Middle East will be put under a 14-day predeployment quarantine at their home stations to prevent potential strain on medical facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

"This will reduce the need for quarantine in a combat environment and potentially reduce stress on limited medical facilities and resources at their respective bases in the region," the Tampa, Fla.-based command said in a statement.

CENTCOM will also work with U.S. Transportation Command to make sure that the troops are quarantined while headed to the region, the statement said. The new restrictions will be required for all U.S. and coalition service members.

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