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US Military Reports 403 New COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total Close to 4,700 - Pentagon

© REUTERS / LINDSEY WASSONMonitors and ventilators at a military field hospital inside Century Link Field Event Centre in Seattle
Monitors and ventilators at a military field hospital inside Century Link Field Event Centre in Seattle - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the US armed forces has risen to 4,695, the Department of Defenсe said on Thursday.

The sharpest rise came in the Army with 316 new cases reported bringing the total up to 716, a jump of more than 40 percent on the day before. However, the service with the largest number of cases remained the Navy with 983, a rise of 32, the Defence Department said in an official fact sheet.

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The National Guard reported 573 cases, up by 27 on the day before, while the Air Force had 318 cases, up by 17 and the Marines Corps 229, a rise of ten, the fact sheet said.

A total of 957 former Defence Department personnel, supporting civilian staff, contractors and family members are now reported to have recovered from the virus, an increase of 219 on the day before, the sheet said.

The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, over 2.1 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus worldwide, of which over 140,000 have succumbed to the deadly disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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