23 November

A 52-year-old Hawaii Air National Guardsman has passed away after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus. The airman had tested positive earlier in the week and was a part-time reservist based at Joint Base Pearl Harbour Hickam. Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Major General Kenneth S. Hara said: “Sadly, the Hawaiʻi National Guard lost a member of our ‘ohana and our heartfelt condolences and thoughts of Aloha are with the family and friends during this very difficult time. This personal loss reminds us that Hawaiʻi needs everyone to comply with safe practices to prevent further spread of this deadly disease.”

Approximately 22 people linked to United States Forces Korea (USFK) have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus after arriving in South Korea. Eight service members and three dependents arrived on chartered flights from the US, while a further ten, as well as a civilian contractor, arrived on commercial flights. All the 22 individuals have been transferred to an isolation facility.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all areas under tier 3 restrictions – the country’s tightest rules – will receive military support for rapid Covid testing after the end of England’s national lockdown next month. The decision comes after a trial in Liverpool. Local leaders in the city say that the programme has helped in identifying numerous asymptomatic cases.

The Greek Army has established a field hospital in Thessaloniki to help bolster the area’s medical capacity. The facility is reportedly due to start receiving its first Covid-19 patients today. Thessaloniki is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases.