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U.S. Navy to self quarantine ships in Europe due to Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
The U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet is instituting a 14 day self-quarantine between port visits by U.S. Navy ships in Europe over concerns of the coronavirus, according to two U.S. Navy officials, a move intended to bring the fleet inline with instructions from the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Topics: U.S.    NAVY    WUHAN    CORONAVIRUS   

hips will stay at sea for at least 14 days after visiting any port in Europe in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A spokesman for the 6th Fleet confirmed the self-quarantine to CNN when asked.

"In conjunction with the other fleets, we have instituted a 14-day underway period between port visits to allow for crew monitoring," said Commander Kyle Raines, spokesman for the 6th Fleet.

The 6th Fleet is responsible for the U.S. Navy presence in Europe, as well as Russia and almost all of Africa.

The precautionary move to keep its ship in the region at sea for two weeks has not impacted the Navy's ability to perform its missions there.

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