The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, based in Japan and covering parts of Asia affected by the coronavirus, has started screening anyone who board its ships and aircraft, the Navy said Monday.
The screening applies to crew members, visitors, civilians, contractors and anyone else entering 7th Fleet "units and platforms," 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley said in an email Monday, Stars and Stripes reported.
There is no indication any 7th Fleet personnel have been affected by the the virus, officially named COVID-19, Keiley said. However, a 61-year-old female dependent in Daegu, South Korea, tested positive for the virus earlier Monday, Stars and Stripes reported.
Defense Department schools also have been temporarily closed and travel restrictions put in place.
Questionnaires, self-reporting and "other medical screening" are all part of the system being employed, according to Stars and Stripes. If needed, "supportive care" and isolation will be provided, the report said.
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