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US cancels military exercises in the Philippines due to coronavirus

The United States canceled military exercises planned for the first half of May in the Philippines due to the situation with coronavirus, according to the Indo-Pacific Command of the US armed forces (USPACOM).

“In light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interests of the health and safety of the military of both countries, it seems reasonable to cancel the Balikatan 2020 exercise,” said USPACOM chief Admiral Phil Davidson.

The annual joint military exercises between the United States and the Philippines were scheduled for May 4-15. Australia was also expected to participate.