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Pentagon Confirms Recruits Hospitalised With COVID-19 to Be Disqualified

© Flickr / The U.S. ArmyU.S. Army Cpl. Mihai Mocanu of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, performs a ruck march during the United States Army Europe Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Aug. 15, 2007, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.
U.S. Army Cpl. Mihai Mocanu of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, performs a ruck march during the United States Army Europe Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Aug. 15, 2007, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - New recruits who have been hospitalized with the coronavirus will be disqualified from the US military service unless they get a waiver, a Pentagon spokesperson stated on Thursday.

"Anybody that has been hospitalised with COVID-19 will be medically disqualified and would need a service waiver to join the military", the spokesperson said.

This interim guidance updated Wednesday, and other relevant Pentagon documents include all medically disqualifying conditions that are subject to medical waiver by the services, he added.

"It is important to note that the policy does not say 'coronavirus survivors' – it is those that have been hospitalised", the spokesperson said.

The Department of Defence said on Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US military has exceeded 5,000 with two deaths to the disease.

The United States has confirmed more than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases with more than 73,500 COVID-19-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.

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