The United States Army is ready to house 1,000 for quarantine

WASHINGTON: The United States Army will provide accommodation to 1,000 people if they need to be quarantined due to the deadly novel, they said.

Several facilities that can accommodate at least 250 people in single rooms will be available until February 29, the department said in a statement.

The United States is one of the countries that isolate citizens returning from the center of the outbreak in Wuhan, in central China, as the new virus spreads throughout the world.

More than 300 people have died and more than 14,000 have been infected, while many foreign governments have evacuated their citizens.

If necessary, two US Air Force bases will be offered, in California and Texas, along with a Marine Corps air station in California and a training institute in Colorado, the department said.

He added that the Health Department and Human Services, which had requested military assistance, would be responsible for all the care, transportation and security of the evacuees.

On Friday, US officials imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on 195 Americans who left Wuhan.

The plane carrying the group, which includes diplomats and their families, landed Wednesday at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California.

The United States has declared a public health emergency and has temporarily banned the entry of foreign citizens who have traveled to China in the last two weeks.

The virus has spread to more than two dozen nations, with eight confirmed cases in the United States.

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