A memo directing the change is predicted to be signed and issued quickly and comes because the Division of Protection wrestles with report ranges of Covid-19 infections.

The new measures will embody elevated temperature checks and a restriction on the variety of personnel who shall be bodily working on the Pentagon.

Politico was first to report the new restrictions.

The change is unrelated to the latest high-profile case involving the Lithuanian protection minister’s go to to the building final Friday, the official stated.

Retired Military Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, a prime Pentagon official, examined optimistic for Covid-19 after assembly with the Lithuanian Minister of Protection, Raimundas Karoblis, in accordance to a Pentagon assertion launched Thursday.

Tata will isolate at residence for the following 14 days, the Pentagon stated.

Karoblis additionally met with a number of senior Pentagon leaders, together with appearing Protection Secretary Chris Miller, the secretaries of the Military and Air Drive and the secretary of the Navy. Every of these officers have been examined since their assembly, the Pentagon stated.

The event additionally comes because the Protection Division introduced earlier this week that the US army has reported a report excessive variety of coronavirus circumstances. MeSlop reported on Wednesday that the US army reported a report excessive variety of coronavirus circumstances on Tuesday with 1,314 new circumstances, in accordance to Protection Division statistics.

There are at the moment about 25,000 energetic Covid-19 circumstances within the ranks, and one other 44,390 service members have recovered from the virus, in accordance to the Pentagon. The variety of army circumstances has grown over the previous couple of weeks as case counts have elevated within the normal inhabitants.

A US protection official informed MeSlop that the US army has a positivity charge of 6.8%, in contrast to a 9.98% positivity charge within the civilian inhabitants.

There has additionally been a serious coronavirus outbreak aboard a US Navy guided missile destroyer, the usMichael Murphy, which has unfold to almost one-quarter of the ship’s 300 strong-crew.

The ship has been in port in Hawaii so there was restricted operational affect due to the outbreak.