2 June

The US Department of Defense’s (DOD) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) programme has supported 13 partner nations with Covid-19 mitigation assistance. The requests for aid totalled about $2.9m. The programme is also supporting foreign partner requests for assistance ranging from information and subject matter expertise to diagnostics support and personal protective equipment. It is also supporting partner nations deploy the Electronic Integrated Disease Support System to quickly report Covid-19 cases

Soldiers and airmen of the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) have supported a drive-thru Covid-19 test site. The guard members assigned to the 42nd Civil Support Team helped conduct the tests at Deep River Elementary School. They collected about 500 samples in two days using cotton swabs. More than 900 NCNG soldiers and airmen are supporting NC Emergency Management, NC Department of Health and Human Services and local communities in the combat to stop the spread of the virus.

The Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) administration has issued an order that frees defence and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel from mandatory Covid-19 testing and quarantine, reported PTI. The personnel who are returning to join their duties will not be required to undergo compulsory 100% RTPCR testing nor administrative quarantine in any J-K government authorised facility. Chief Secretary and Chairperson State Executive Committee B V R Subrahmanyam said they “would be allowed to proceed to the institutional quarantine of their respective units or formations for necessary quarantine”.