US military told to 'prepare for coronavirus epidemic'

US Department of Defense instructs military to brace for a coronavirus 'pandemic' and quarantine any soldiers that have been to China this month Wednesday, the Department of Defense sent a memo to Navy and Marine Corps commanders to prepare for a pandemic of coronavirus  They're ordered to check their preparedness plans to ensure military members can help maintain order, contain outbreaks and be ready for combat  It also instructed that troops who have been to China since February 2 should be put in isolation and monitored  

By Natalie Rahhal Acting Us Health Editor

Published: 23:46 GMT, 13 February 2020 | Updated: 00:14 GMT, 14 February 2020

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The US military has been given an executive order to prepare for the possibility of a coronavirus pandemic. 

Navy and Marine Corps have been instructed to set their pandemic plans in motion and quarantine any service men or women who have been in mainland China since February 2. 

Commanders are now reviewing their plans for containing the disease in the event that it breaks out among military personnel and to play a role, if necessary, in help authorities contain the disease in the general public in the US and abroad. 

However, in no way 'does the planning indicate a greater likelihood of an event developing,' Navy Lt Commander Mike Hatfield told the Military Times. 

'As military professionals, planning for a range of contingencies is something we owe the American people.' 

It comes as the number of American cases rose to 15 on Thursday, with the most recent three patients being people who had been quarantined on military bases after evacuation from Wuhan. 

March Air Reserve Base began running drills to prepare for coronavirus before evacuees were quarantined there. Now, the Department of Defense has told the Marine Corps and Navy to prepare for a 'coronavirus pandemic'

March Air Reserve Base began running drills to prepare for coronavirus before evacuees were quarantined there. Now, the Department of Defense has told the Marine Corps and Navy to prepare for a 'coronavirus pandemic' 

The administration has been aggressive in tackling the outbreak via travel restrictions and broadly praised China's response, although economic adviser Larry Kudlow criticized China's lack of transparency after it reported a 14,000 spike in cases on Thursday. 

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