On Tuesday, the State Department issued an extraordinary advisory urging Americans abroad to return to the United States if they can, a move that comes amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports are that numerous U.S. citizens are already in limbo abroad, and the best place for them would be home in the U.S. as the coronavirus death toll increases in Europe.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Americans abroad who still wish to return to the United States to do so “immediately,” saying commercial and government-chartered flights could soon cease amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“We don’t know how long commercial flights will … operate,” Mr Pompeo said Tuesday, adding it is not a sure thing that flights being chartered by the US government specifically for Americans to return home due to COVID-19 fears will be available in some countries.
Donald Trump’s top diplomat urged any Americans abroad who want to get back to US soil to contact the American embassy in the country where they currently are to begin making plans “immediately” to get a flight back to the States.
Asked if US officials trust new data being shared about coronavirus cases and deaths inside China by that country’s government, Mr Pompeo declined to comment. He said he would leave such assessments to US government experts who have been closely monitoring and evaluating Chinese-provided data for some time. [Independent]
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