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Leaders of the US Army have detailed the steps taken by the service to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The army has reported a total of 288 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19, which includes 100 soldiers, 64 civilian employees, 65 dependents, nine cadets and 50 contractors.

To provide necessary medical attention, the service is deploying two field hospitals to New York and Seattle.

Retired personnel with necessary qualifications have been called to provide additional help to contain the situation.

The 531st Army Hospital from Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the 9th Army Hospital from Fort Hood, Texas were ordered to deploy to New York City on 23 March.

US Army chief of Staff General James McConville said: “The advance party is on the ground as I speak. The main body will arrive at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, tomorrow.

“They will set up at the Javits Center in New York this weekend, and they will be operational for non-Covid-19 patients beginning 30 March.”

A total of 600 soldiers will be deployed to New York. The hospitals have sufficient equipment and beds for only 284 patients.

However, the provision of the facilities has been done by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This makes greater number of available beds.

The 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado will send 300 affected soldiers to Seattle.

The Army Corps of Engineers continues to operate in all states, territories and possessions. The Corps also assist FEMA and state authorities, while the engineers are conducting site assessments for alternate care facilities on the ground.

Army National Guard chief lieutenant-general Dan Hoskinson said: “When we look at our soldiers across the 54 states, territories and District of Columbia, we are there to really protect our communities, not to police them, and we have no forecast or any planning taking place and we are not aware of any mission set to go down that way.”