The United States is repatriating its citizens who’ve been stuck abroad in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 18,000 Americans have been brought home in the past few days, with more than 2,300 of these retrievals from Guatemala — the highest number in a single country.
This isn’t a trivial matter, so far it has taken over 178 flights to rescue people. Approximately 60 more flights are planned for this week, as 33,000 Americans are still at risk while they wait for the US to help. It takes a great deal of coordination between agencies.
We're glad to have such strong partners in @jtfbravo and @Southcom. This collaboration is another great example one of the partnerships between @StateDept and @DeptofDefense to bring #AmericansHome as the world comes together to fight and contain #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/gdhiP8AsUc
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 30, 2020
However, despite the successes, the effort is running into a snag. Local authorities in Peru and other countries are not allowing our citizens to leave due to their local quarantine status. Fortunately, the US embassies are intervening to resolve the issues as quickly as they can.
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