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State Department says it has repatriated 9,000 Americans amid coronavirus pandemic

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Washington (CNN) The State Department has repatriated more than 9,000 Americans from 28 countries amid the coronavirus pandemic, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Tuesday.

The "unprecedented global effort" to repatriate US citizens comes as dozens of countries have shuttered their borders and restricted travel in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus -- leaving thousands of Americans stranded.

However, obstacles remain in getting Americans back home, and some of those who are stranded still feel that they are not getting enough guidance. A senior State Department official announced Tuesday that they were "deploying a senior-level official to travel to Peru and support our aggressive repatriation efforts on the ground" after two planned flights to repatriate some of the hundreds of remaining travelers were delayed.

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