Washington- As many as 900 US soldiers from all three components have tested positive coronavirus. The announcement was made at the Pentagon during a briefing by US Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville.
“As of this morning, we have 900 soldiers from all three components test positive for COVID-19,” he said in an AP video. He added that they currently have the testing capacity of up to 700 tests per day and are taking all measures to ensure the safety of army personnel.
McConville said the army will continue training its soldiers. While ensuring a safe environment by maintaining social distancing, screening and testing. “We need to make sure the army is ready to go to war and so we continue to train.”
The decision was taken as efforts taken by the army to reduce the spread of the coronavirus proved to be insufficient. At the time, 280 army personnel were tested positive for the virus.
But within days, the decision was reversed almost immediately as Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the armed forces will find a way to both protect the troops from the virus while performing the military’s essential operations.
On April 6, the army announced that there will be a temporary hold on sending new recruits for training. The pause will allow commanders to ensure proper safety measures are in place.