US Defense Chief Delays India Trip Amid Coronavirus Spread

Mark Esper was supposed to go to India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan between March 16 and 20 (File)

Washington:

US Protection Secretary Mark Esper has delay a visit to India scheduled for subsequent week due to the fast unfold of the novel coronavirus, the Pentagon mentioned on Tuesday.

He was supposed to go to India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan between March 16 and 20 however determined “to stay within the US to assist handle the DoD response” to the outbreak of Covid-19, the brand new pressure of probably lethal coronavirus spreading all over the world, mentioned Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah.

The US navy has been largely spared thus far by the coronavirus, with solely a dozen or so circumstances confirmed amongst its forces deployed all over the world.

However officers are attempting to maintain the Pentagon headquarters, the place 20,000 service folks and civilian staff work on daily basis, freed from the virus.

Civilian staff have been requested to do distant working from residence whereas those that do present up are suggested to observe “social distancing” and preserve not less than two yards (meters) away from their colleagues within the office.

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