Airman 1st Class Yazlinne Flores, 51st Security Forces Squadron patrolman, sets up a protective perimeter during an emergency response drill on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 19, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Tech Sgt. Matt Davis)

The U.S. military has ordered a mandatory quarantine for any service members based in Korea who have visited China in the last two weeks as Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread across the globe.

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In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)

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U.S. troops are still ready to "fight tonight" against North Korea despite the indefinite suspension of major military training exercises on the Korean peninsula, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

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Most U.S. troops in South Korea will not be under curfew for the next three months, but unit commanders retain the right to impose curfews on their individual units on a case-by-case basis, defense officials said.

U.S. Forces Korea announced this week that the curfew would be suspended through Dec. 17. That means most U.S. troops do not need to be home between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., said USFK spokesman Col. Lee Peters.

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Photo: Sgt. Raquel Villalona/U.S. Army
U.S. troops rejoice — the midnight curfew for service members in South Korea has been temporarily suspended, as command evaluates if you can be trusted to not act like wild animals in the streets of Pyeongtaek.

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U.S. Army photo by SFC Sean K. Harp

U.S. military personnel and their families were directed to to evacuate South Korea last week in what turned out to be a hoax, according to the Washington Post.

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