They had flocked to Washington to protect Joe Biden's inauguration.
As it now turns out, numerous National Guardsmen have been infected with the corona virus.
25,000 National Guardsmen were ordered to change power to Washington.
Apparently, numerous soldiers have now been
First Lady Dr.
calm things down
after a parking garage incident.
Washington, DC - Washington was preparing for the January 20th change of power.
The Capitol turned into a field camp.
guards patrolling were seen in photos
They lay in the corridors, slept close together in crowds on the marble floor and guarded the place that had previously been the target of a riot.
storming of the US Capitol on January 6th
, 25,000 National Guards were appointed to secure the
inauguration of the 46th US President Joe Biden
As it now turns out, this could have turned into a
Because numerous members of the National Guard have apparently been
infected with the corona virus.
"They packed us up like sardines," reports a national
the news platform
Hundreds of them have now
tested positive for the virus
or are in quarantine in nearby hotel facilities, three sources within the Guard report to the newspaper.
Apparently there had already been
problems with corona tests beforehand
In some cases, soldiers would have had to take care of access to corona tests themselves.
Others have been pressured
and report for duty.
A member of the National Guard anonymously reported to
that most corona cases were asymptomatic and apparently came from the troops' home locations.
The management of the guard has so far refused to officially announce the number of positive corona cases.
National Guard soldiers are also deployed to reinforce the security of the Capitol.
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP / dpa
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National Guard: Coronavirus infected inside - 25,000 were in Washington for Biden's inauguration
Now there is great fear that the operation in Washington could have tragic consequences.
And even develop into a
super spreader event
"Ultimately, we have to make sure that they don't spend their extended rest time on campus but in hotel rooms," said Connecticuts Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.
The extent of the problem was further underscored when it became known that
soldiers had to
a government building
car park for their break
In the narrowest space.
This decision now causes horror.
Roy Blunt, the Missouri Senator, has already described the incident as a
And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis immediately ordered his troops back to the state.
"They are soldiers, they are
not Nancy Pelosi's servants," he
The order to spend the break in the parking garage is currently being investigated.
Apparently, however, a Capitol police officer had given this order without being authorized to do so.
Accordingly, the Congress did not know anything about it, as several senators emphasized.
A Democratic Congressman on his way to the meeting.
The Capitol is guarded by the National Guard a week after the riot.
© SAUL LOEB / AFP
Corona outbreak at the National Guard: Hundreds of soldiers infected - Dr.
Jill Biden visits troops
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady Dr.
visited the troops on Friday after criticizing the soldiers' accommodation.
And brought chocolate cookies with it.
However, there is currently great dissatisfaction in social networks.
"She had to do that after what her husband did to you," reads an Instagram comment.
"I guess that was before they were kicked out of the Capitol and told to sleep in a parking garage," another.
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the National Guard for their continued commitment to protect our nation," wrote
on her Twitter account "Flotus".
An attached photo shows how the
puts her right hand on her heart, in the background the soldiers: inside.
There are currently controversial reactions to this post.
While some of the Bidens chalked up the parking garage incident, others defended the couple by pointing out that they knew nothing about it.
The founder of the
, whose self-
Donald Trump *
accountable, tweeted: “The National Guard slept in a parking garage because Donald Trump instigated a terrorist attack on the Capitol.
If you are angry, vote to judge him. "
The troops have a special meaning for the Biden family.
Joe Bidens *
who died in 2015
, was a member of the National Guard.
(aka) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.
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