At least 150 to 200 members of the National Guard deployed to Washington, DC to provide security for President Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, have tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a US official said on Friday. Joe Biden was sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements with around 25,000 troops deployed.
The US government made strong security arrangements in the city following the attack on Capitol Hill by supporters of former President Donald Trump on January 6. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said that the number of National Guard soldiers who tested positive may increase.
National Guard issued a statement in this regard:
Meanwhile, the National Guard said in a statement, “It would not discuss Covid-19 cases, but personnel were following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including temperature checks when they left their home state and arrived in the city, along with a screening questionnaire.”
At the same time, the military has said arrangements are being made for thousands of soldiers to return home and 15,000 guards will leave Washington within the next five to 10 days. Officials have said that around 7,000 National Guard personnel will have to remain here by the end of the month. About 5,000 troops are expected to remain in place by March.
US reported over 4000 deaths:
The United States on Thursday reported more than 4,000 deaths due to COVID-19 for the second consecutive day. The total death toll in the country stands at 410,000 so far. Meanwhile, US president Joe Biden said, “The virus is surging. We’re 400,000 dead, expected to reach well over 600,000. Families are going hungry. Job losses are mounting again. We need to act.”