Pentagon increases restrictions at all military bases as coronavirus cases continue to rise

“Our curve is not flattening,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, during a Pentagon news briefing. LISA FERDINANDO, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
“Our curve is not flattening,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said Wednesday, March 25, 2020, during a Pentagon news briefing. LISA FERDINANDO, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Pentagon increases restrictions at all military bases as coronavirus cases continue to rise

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper increased health protection measures Wednesday at all defense installations as the military continues to report dozens of new cases of the coronavirus.

“Our curve is not flattening,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said Wednesday to reporters during a Pentagon news briefing. He also said he expects military cases of the virus to continue to increase.

To try to control the growing rate of cases, the Pentagon has ordered all military installations to Health Protection Condition Charlie, Friedrichs said, which includes restrictions on large gatherings and temperature checks for personnel at building access points.

“We think the best way to limit that growth or mitigate that growth are the measures that we've been talking about,” he said. “I don't think there's a great deal of value in speculating on a particular date [when this will subside].”

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