The US Navy has ordered all ships that have visited countries in the Asia Pacific region to self-quarantine and remain at sea for two weeks to monitor sailors for COVID-19 symptoms.
The commander of US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Admiral John Aquilino, issued guidance instructing Navy vessels departing from countries in the region “to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port, in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus.”
The self-quarantine is only the latest step the Pentagon has taken to protect its service members from the virus. An upcoming military exercise with South Korea was also suspended due to concerns about COVID-19.
The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees all US troops in the region, restricted all non-essential travel to South Korea for all US service members, contractors and defense department civilians serving as part of the command.