A Visible Increase In Patients With Coronavirus Was Recorded At A US Military Base
In the United States, there has been a sharp increase in recorded cases of COVID-19 infection among American military personnel, including those stationed abroad. According to the publication of militarytimes.com this week, there was the largest increase in the number of people infected with a new type of coronavirus in the ranks of the US armed forces - 147 people at once in one day.
The surge in identified patients is associated with an increase in the number of tests performed on COVID-19 for the Pentagon's wards. By the end of the summer of this year, the US Department of Defense expects to complete universal testing of American military personnel for the presence of coronavirus.
However, according to experts of the Defense Department, from 50 to 70 percent of diseases among the "stars and stripes" of the military can be asymptomatic. This is exactly what happened in the case of a mass outbreak of the infectious disease on board the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, where almost 800 of the 4,000 sailors were found to be pathogenic.
An even more serious concern in Washington is the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic on foreign military bases in the United States. So, an emergency situation in connection with the spread of the coronavirus was declared on the eve of camp Lemonnier in Djibouti-a small East African state. Its strategic geographical location in the Gulf of Aden makes it necessary for the United States to maintain a significant military presence in the region.
"Major General Michael Turello, commander of the combined forces in the horn of Africa on April 23, 2020, declared a health emergency against American personnel under his command in the area of the base in Djibouti in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," the US African command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
"Fighting COVID-19 is my top priority. The state of emergency in the field of health provides our forces and our host partners with health security as much as possible," General Turello said in turn.
However, according to AFRICOM, there is only one American with the coronavirus in Djibouti. If this is true, then the question arises: why introduce a state of emergency for several thousand military personnel, civilian employees and contractors stationed at camp Lemonnier, where a cluster of US military facilities is located?
In this regard, observers have already noted that the figures officially stated by the Pentagon - at the moment, COVID-19 sick 3725 us military personnel-cause strong doubts. And they are very reasonable, given that in early April, US Defense Secretary mark Esper decided to classify detailed data on the spread of coronavirus infection among the military "for operational security reasons."
Thus, it can not be excluded that a deliberate underestimation of the number of American soldiers and officers infected with the coronavirus on foreign military bases of the United States really takes place. The main goal of this is to prevent negative diplomatic consequences for Washington and panic among the population of countries that have kindly provided their territories for US military facilities. If COVID-19 goes beyond their borders, the pandemic introduced by the wards of the Pentagon threatens countries such as Djibouti with a real health disaster.