US military restricts movement for thousands of personnel due to coronavirus
The fast-spreading coronavirus has forced the US military to restrict the movement of thousands of personnel in the regions overseas most exposed to the virus: Asia, Europe and West Asia, US military commands tell Reuters.
Reuters has learned that there are more American troops under special restrictions — including quarantine — elsewhere.
But the military commands that operate in Latin America and Africa declined to disclose their data.
Almost 10,000 personnel in Asia, Europe and West Asia are under restrictions, illustrating the challenges facing the Pentagon as it seeks to prevent an erosion of military readiness even as big chunks of the force are locked in place. The forces are either in isolation, quarantine or under some other restriction of movement.
The number is still a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of US military personnel in Asia, Europe and West Asia.
US Army General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon virtual town hall that he expected there could be a low or even moderate impact on U.S military readiness for a conflict or crisis, “based on the numbers so far.”
“This could change. We’ll have to assess it, and we are assessing it frequently,” Milley said.
Each time a US Marine, sailor, soldier or any other servicemember is identified with the virus — and 227 have as of Wednesday morning — the US military seeks to isolate that person and anyone who has had contact with him or her.
The Pentagon has canceled military exercises and put in place several restrictions on personnel, whether they have the virus or not. They are not allowed to travel through or from high-risk countries around the world and all domestic US travel has been halted. The US military has also restricted access to the Pentagon building, including barring anyone who has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
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Number of 401(k) millionaires in US drops by 500,000 over coronavirus crisis
The number of Americans with a pension account worth $1 million and $5 million has dropped sharply because of the recent US stock market crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic, US media outlets reported.
There were over 11 million 401(k) millionaires — households worth between $1 million and $5 million — in February, but that number has now plummeted by 500,000, an article by the New York Post said Wednesday, citing a report by the Spectrem Group, a stock market consulting firm.
“Households with a net worth of between $100,000 to $1 million dropped by 200,000 to 31.6 million since the end of 2019,” the report said.
Global markets and US stock futures retreated Thursday following a labor market report showing over three million Americans lost their jobs last week as huge swaths of the economy shut down to slow the spread of coronaviurs.
The benchmark S&P 500 is still nearly $8 trillion below its mid-February high, and investors expect more sharp swings.
Data on Wednesday pointed to a fast-slowing economy that analysts said signaled the United States already is in recession.
Over 450,000 people have been infected globally by the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and more than 20,000 have died, according to the latest Reuters tally.
The number of known coronavirus cases in the United States neared 70,000 on Thursday, after more than 10,000 new cases confirmed to be infected in one day, according to Worldometers — a website which compiles data on COVID-19.
Health officials also reported at 1,031 total deaths in the country as of Wednesday evening.