Coronavirus company news summary – Latvia military parades cancelled due to pandemic – Israel Defence Forces allow troops to quarantine at home

15 October 2020 (Last Updated October 15th, 2020 09:48)

15 October

Army researchers from the US Army Futures Command have collaborated with a team on antibody tests for the Covid-19 virus. This resulted in a quicker, easier, and inexpensive method of identifying potential donors who can help in the recovery of infected patients through the convalescent plasma treatment. Laboratory tests to measure antibody levels in the blood are imperative in Covid-19 antibody testing, as virus neutralisation antibodies present in the blood have proven to heighten the levels of protective immunity.

The Latvian Ministry of Defence announced the cancellation of the country's National Armed Forces annual military parades scheduled to be held on 11 and 18 November this year. Other events organised by the National Guard, Ministry of Defence, and the National Armed Forces were also cancelled to adhere to the national restrictions imposed to curb Covid-19 spread.

A mini-sized scanner has been installed at the entry of Marshall Hall, the headquarters of the US Army Reserve Command (USARC) and the US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to improve the safety of the soldiers and staff. The scanner limits the number of people entering the building by checking their body temperature via the wrist to reduce contact and is also able to save 10,000 facial images for contact tracing.

After the parents of soldiers at Base 80 complained of unsanitary conditions that allowed the spread of Covid-19, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has reversed course and allowed troops to quarantine at home rather than at their base. The action was taken because of a massive outbreak on Base 80 where over 100 people contracted the Covid-19 virus. Approximately 1,192 soldiers and staff in the IDF have been infected with the disease, but with mild symptoms.