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US Army quarantines members of survival training course after one tests positive for coronavirus

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US Army said Tuesday that it has quarantined 90 students and personnel with its Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course at Fort Bragg in North Carolina after an individual in the course tested positive for coronavirus.

(CNN)The US Army said Tuesday that it has quarantined 90 students and personnel with its Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course at Fort Bragg in North Carolina after an individual in the course tested positive for coronavirus.

The course trains military personnel in survival skills that include evading capture as well as other methods and techniques in order to escape from captivity if captured behind enemy lines.

Patrick Roberson, commanding general of the US Army John F.

Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg and commandant of the school, in a statement Tuesday.

As of Monday morning, 11,770 members of the military, including 3,551 members of the Army, had tested positive for coronavirus, according to a Defense Department tally.

The Fort Bragg case comes after the Army has previously struggled to contain the virus within its ranks.

CNN previously reported that, according to an internal directive from March, the Army said mitigation efforts to blunt the spread of the coronavirus had "proven insufficient" within the service and that it was suspending "non-mission essential functions," including some noncritical training of units in the field and physical fitness training involving large numbers of troops.

The Army is not the only military branch that has faced significant struggles in responding to coronavirus.

Two US defense officials told CNN last month that nearly 100 sailors from the US Navy destroyer USS Kidd had tested positive for coronavirus.

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