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Coronavirus: US military to provide accommodation for Thousand people

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Coronavirus: US military to provide accommodation for Thousand people

The United States military will provide accommodation for Thousand people if they need to be quarantined because of the novel coronavirus.

The Department of Defense said in a statement that several facilities each capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms will be made available until February 29.

The US is one of a number of countries isolating citizens returning from the center of the outbreak at Wuhan in central China as the new virus spreads across the globe. More than 300 people have died and over 14,000 have been infected, while many foreign governments have evacuated their nationals.

The department added that two US Air Force bases, in California and Texas, along with a Marine Corps air station in California and a training institute in Colorado, will be offered if needed.

It said that the Department of Health and Human Services, which had requested military assistance, would be responsible for all care, transportation and security of evacuees. On Friday US officials imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on 195 Americans flown out of Wuhan

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