According to a report by CNN on the 18th, according to statistics from the US Department of Defense, the US military reported a record high of new cases of new coronavirus in a single day, with 1,314 new cases on the 17th.
The Pentagon said that there are currently approximately 25,000 active confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the US military, and 44,390 service personnel have recovered from the virus infection. In the past few weeks, as the number of new cases among American citizens has increased, so has the number of confirmed cases among military personnel.
Officials said that the percentage of people tested positive for the U.S. military was 6.8%, compared with about 10% of U.S. citizens tested for the new coronavirus. Since the outbreak, the U.S. military has claimed that because its personnel are younger and healthier, the positive rate can be kept low. Compared with local authorities, the military can also enforce restrictions more easily.
As the number of new cases in the US military reached a new high, many US military bases had to strengthen health measures again. Since last week, 10 air force facilities have increased their sanitary protection level and upgraded to the “Charlie” level, second only to the most stringent level.
Although the commander can make specific decisions based on the situation of his own base, according to the guidelines for measures under the “Charlie” level, military camp schools and nurseries may be closed, and community activities may be cancelled. In addition, travel restrictions have been adopted and more people may be ordered to work from home.
According to reports, U.S. military facilities located in the United States and around the world have adopted more stringent measures, such as Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, which the U.S. Air Force calls “the world’s largest and most demanding advanced air combat training.” base”.
The U.S. Navy currently has 37 facilities in the world with a high level of health protection. These facilities include some of the Navy’s largest bases, such as the bases in Norfolk, Virginia, San Diego, California, and the Pearl Harbor-Hickam joint base with the US Air Force, as well as three facilities in Europe.
The US Army said that since the beginning of this month, 59 facilities are at a higher level of protection, and Fort Gordon, Georgia, was added on the 18th. In Fort Bliss, Texas (located in the El Paso area most affected by the pandemic), new draconian measures have been taken against the military and families, including maintaining a distance of 10 feet during exercise or running, and from 10 p.m. There will be a curfew until 5 am.
The US Marine Corps stated that they currently have no bases at a high level of protection.