As reported by AOL.com
As the challenges with Covid-19 continue in the United States, the challenges in Afghanistan are starting to add to these issues. As evacuees are arriving in the United States from the country whose capital has been overrun and seized by the Taliban, 9 recent individuals tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival into America.
The Pentagon has released a document obtained by Yahoo News!, Pentagon officials have said that Covid-19 procedures and testing have slowed down the process of evacuating detainees. Approximately 58,700 people from Afghanistan have been evacuated since Aug. 14. \
According to the document, negative test presented within 72 hours of evacuation are not required to be retested upon arrival in the United States, which has helped improve the time it takes to process evacuees. While this is helping, it is till taking longer than expected for this process due to a variety of factors. Some of those include delays in U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents receiving flight manifests, unspecified national security concerns, evacuees not having completed a CDC COVID-19 form prior to landing among others.\
According AOL.com, “As of Monday, according to the document obtained by Yahoo News, there were just 10 evacuees at Fort Lee, 360 at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and 755 at Fort Bliss in Texas. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in New Jersey, had yet to receive any Afghan evacuees, and another 426 were being housed at the Dulles Expo Center, a 100,000-square-foot convention facility 6 miles from the airport.”
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