Washington: The National Guard said on Tuesday that after deployment during the recent protests in the US capital, members of the National Guard in Washington DC tested positive for coronavirus.
Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Davis, a spokeswoman for the National Guard in Washington, DC, said that due to “combat security,” they were unable to disclose the number of positive tests.
She said they served 1,700 members after demobilization in protests that erupted in front of the White House and elsewhere as police officers in Minneapolis killed African American George Freud.
The mayor mobilized the guards, and then the federal government mobilized protests on June 1 to protest the riots and robbery.
Davis said that they were screened for COVID-19 before and after deployment.
Although many protesters wore masks during the riots, not everyone wore masks, and many law enforcement and guards did not.
Davis said: “National Guard personnel are being estranged from the society, and personal protective equipment is still used in practical places throughout the deployment process.”
Since its spread from China and Europe earlier this year, COVID-19 has claimed nearly 112,000 lives in the United States. About 2 million cases have been registered in the country-7.2 million cases worldwide.