Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the military
The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (April 2020)
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On 25 March, president of France Emmanuel Macron launched "Operation Resilience" to enable the French armed forces to provide civilian support during the pandemic in France and overseas French territories.
On 16 March, the National Defense Industrial Association in the United States cancelled the 2020 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference scheduled for May 2020. On 25 March, the Department of Defense prohibited the deployment of servicemembers for 60 days to mitigate spread of the virus. On 27 March, the United States cancelled large-scale exercises involving thousands of troops in the Philippines that had been scheduled for May 2020. On 6 April, the United States Forces Japan declared a Public Health Emergency on the Kanto Plain installations. In May 2020, the Department of Defense issued a memo banning survivors of COVID-19 from joining the military. In June 2020, the United States Navy came up with guidance to combat COVID-19 and deploy safely using the smallest effort possible.
Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
- INS Angre
On 2020.04.18, it was announced that 21 sailors staying at INS Angre, a naval base in Mumbai, had tested positive. Most of the cases were asymptomatic, and all of the cases had been traced to a sailor who tested positive on 2020.04.07. The Navy emphasized that no sailors serving on a ship or submarine had been infected.
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
On 15 March, the first two cases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia were confirmed.
- Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
On 24 March, the first case in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was confirmed.
- United States Forces Korea
As of 22 April, a total of 22 SARS-CoV-2 cases were laboratory confirmed at United States Forces Korea bases: 10 at Camp Humpreys, 8 at Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk Province bases (Camp Carroll, Camp Henry and Camp Walker), 3 at the Osan Air Base, and 1 at the Camp Casey).
The COVID-19 pandemic spread to a number of naval ships, with the nature of such ships, including working with others in small enclosed areas and the lack of private quarters for the vast majority of crew, contributing to the rapid spread of the disease, even more so than on cruise ships.
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