According to a report on the U.S. “military” website on December 23, according to the data released by the U.S. Department of Defense on the same day, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. military has exceeded 100,000 since the discovery of the first active-duty soldier was found to be infected with the novel coronavirus at the end of February this year.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on December 23 that in the past two days, 1,608 new infections have been reported in the U.S. military, bringing a total of 101,236 cases since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, the U.S. Department of Defense ordered bases not to disclose specific infections, which the Pentagon said was a security measure to keep confidential.
Hospitalizations in U.S. forces have risen by 20% since the beginning of November. As of December 23, 886 U.S. military personnel were hospitalized for COVID-19 infection, in addition to 822 Department of Defense civilian personnel, 199 military personnel and 289 defense contractor personnel.
In the U.S. military system, including the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Army, a total of 154,620 Department of Defense personnel have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Most of them (92,023) have recovered and 165 people have died, including 14 military personnel, 103 civilian personnel and 39 countries. Contractor protection personnel and 9 military personnel.
The report also mentioned that starting December 14, the U.S. Department of Defense began to vaccinate medical personnel and front-line security personnel in 13 military communities with 44,000 doses produced by Pfizer.
Although active-duty military personnel are not required to be vaccinated, U.S. Department of Defense officials encourage them to take the initiative to vaccinated.
The U.S. Department of Defense is vaccinating its top priority groups, including health department workers, emergency services personnel and those responsible for maintaining public safety.