REPORT: State Department warns stranded Americans about returning: ‘That last bit is all caps’
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The State Department is preparing to evacuate thousands of Americans stranded overseas, with 16 flights scheduled in the next five days and more to follow, officials said Monday.
The officials also said that about 30 State Department employees posted in embassies and consulates abroad have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Small numbers of employees in six U.S. locations — Washington, Houston, Boston, New York, Seattle and Quantico, Va. — have also tested positive.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Consider whether you are ready to ride out an undetermined period of time where you are now, or do you want to go to the United States to wait out events,” a senior State Department official said of the advice he is telling diplomats to advise Americans. “If it’s the latter, do so now, and that last bit is all caps.”
A State Department task force assembled has been working to return 13,500 Americans asking for help home, officials said.
The report states that there are around 10 million American expatriates live in foreign countries. There are also an unknown number of Americans abroad for various reasons.
The State Department has repatriated at least 9,000 Americans, including 800 taken from the site of the virus’ origination, Wuhan, China.
.@StateDept says it has now repatriated more than 9,000 Americans stranded overseas as the coronavirus pandemic led countries to shut their borders and airlines cancelled flights. Y’day, officials said an estimated 13,500 Americans were stuck overseas. Huge progress.
— Nicole Gaouette (@NicoleCNN) March 24, 2020
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