LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Travelers arrive to
Travelers arrive to LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal wearing medical masks for protection against the novel coronavirus outbreak on February 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The United States has declared a public health emergency and will implement strict travel restrictions later today. Foreign nationals who have been in China in the last two weeks and are not immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be barred from entering the U.S. Meanwhile, about 195 U.S. citizens who were evacuated from China to March Air Reserve in California are under under quarantine at the base, prohibited from leaving until it is determined that they will not develop symptoms of the disease. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
  • The Pentagon is preparing military facilities to, if necessary, quarantine up to 1,000 people returning to the US from overseas to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, the Department of Defense revealed Saturday.
  • The Pentagon, acting on a request from the Department of Health and Human Services, will provide access to multiple facilities capable of housing at least 250 people through Feb. 29.
  • As of Feb. 1, the coronavirus had killed 259 people and infected more than 12,000 people in China and in around two dozen other countries.
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The Pentagon is preparing military installations to, if necessary, quarantine up to 1,000 people returning to the US from overseas to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, the Department of Defense announced Saturday.

"On Feb. 1, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper approved a request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services for housing support for 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas travel due to the novel coronavirus," a Pentagon statement explained.

The Pentagon will provide access to multiple facilities capable of housing at least 250 people through Feb. 29.

The facilities selected are located at the 168th Regiment's Regional Training Institute in Fort Carson, Colorado, Travis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

The Department of Defense is only providing housing support, and US military personnel will not come in direct contact with any quarantined individuals, who will not have access to any areas on base other than the quarantine facilities. The Department of Health and Human Services will handle care, transportation, and security issues.

On Friday, Jan. 31, the US government declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency. US citizens who were in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital city, within two weeks of their return to the US will be quarantined for 14 days.

Travelers returning from other locations in China will be screened at ports of entry.

Around 200 people who were evacuated out of Wuhan and arrived in the US Wednesday have been quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in California.

As of Feb. 1, the coronavirus had killed 259 people and infected more than 12,000 people in China and in around two dozen other countries.

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