US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, photo made available by US Navy, a helicopter lifts off of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as it transits the Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
Updated 20 November 2019

US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

DUBAI: A US aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since its deployment.
The US Navy says the USS Abraham Lincoln transited the strait on Tuesday, making its way to the Arabian Gulf. The carrier left Norfolk, VA, in April and was diverted to the Middle East in May, but it had remained in the Arabian Sea, avoiding passage through the strait that borders Iran.
American aircraft carriers have for decades sailed through the international oil shipping route in what the US describes as “defensive” operations aimed at keeping the strait open.
The Trump administration deployed the Lincoln to the Arabian Gulf amid a spike in tensions with Iran.

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AMMAN: Jordan announced Wednesday a 48-hour sweeping nationwide curfew that would start from Thursday midnight, in a stepped-up bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus, a government spokesman said.

The government relaxed a tight curfew two weeks ago, which allowed people to go on foot during day time to buy groceries to ease daily life for the nearly 10 million inhabitants.

Last Thursday, the government imposed a 24-hour curfew to allow medical staff unimpeded entry to areas they suspect the virus is spreading in, a move which brought public life to a complete standstill.

Also on Wednesday, the government said the virus crisis would have a "deep negative impact" on the country's economy.

Jordan has 358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has seen six deaths and 150 recoveries.

(With Reuters)