Russian Army deploys an operational HQ to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Russian Army deploys an operational HQ to prevent the spread of coronavirus

The Russian Army has deployed an operational HQ to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Russian Army General Sergei Shoigu reported at a Defence Ministry Board Sessionon the measures taken in the Armed Forces to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease in the mainland.

“According to official figures, more than 246,000 people are infected on the planet, 10,166 died. No cases of the disease have been registered in the Russian Armed Forces”, the head of the Russian military department stated.

Sergei Shoigu said that on March 12, an operational HQ was created to prevent the import and spread of coronavirus disease in the Armed Forces under the leadership of First Deputy Minister of Defence, Ruslan Tsalikov.

The HQ is tasked to carry out inspections of military units and departments under of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) as well as stocking medical devices, protection equipment and medicines.

The Russian MoD has also conducted several special military exercises prepare to contain the spread of Covid19 in the country. The exercise included test of evacuation of citizens, special handling of aircraft and disinfection of facilities.

“On March 18-19, a special exercise of the Russian Chemical Forces [radiation, chemical and biological] defense forces was held in cooperation with the Main Medical Directorate and the Aerospace Forces. Security was provided by military police units,” Shoigu said. 

“At the Chkalovsky airport, actions were taken to receive and evacuate citizens, special handling of aircraft and transported goods, issues of organizing quarantine and disinfection of military unit facilities to normalize the epidemic situation were addressed,” the minister said.

At the end of the meeting of the Board of the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Head of the Military Department suggested discussing the issue of increasing the capabilities and perspective indicators of electronic cartography centres.

Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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