March 12, 2020 / 2:55 AM / in 24 days

U.S. Defence Department sets coronavirus-related travel restrictions

FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Defence on Wednesday announced it was placing a 60-day travel restriction for service members, Pentagon civilians and families travelling to, from or through countries that had received a Level 3 designation from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention effective March 13.

The advisories include countries such as China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. The Pentagon’s announcement comes after multiple active-duty U.S. servicemembers fell sick in the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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