US mobilized a special force unit for possible White House evacuation
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US authorities in connection with the epidemic of coronavirus mobilized a special unit, whose task is, inter alia, the possible evacuation of the government from Washington, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according to Newsweek magazine.
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Earlier, Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, extended the state of emergency for another month due to the growing number of cases of coronavirus infection.
There are fears that the outbreak of coronavirus in Washington will take on a scale that would make normal government functioning impossible.
According to the publication, the joint special squad of the metropolitan region (JTF-NCR) consisting of 10 thousand security forces was formed on March 16. In addition to protecting the US capital from a possible enemy in all directions, the detachment must be ready to transfer not only the White House, but also other key departments to a safe place.
The material says that the special building has already been strengthened by Blackhawk helicopters of the 106th Air Battalion, specially designed for evacuation. The officers in this unit confirmed that they are studying a comprehensive emergency evacuation plan (JEEP), which concerns the Pentagon leadership.
The evacuation of civilian leaders is described in the Atlas add-on protocol, in addition to which there are other secret scenarios.
The United States currently remains the world leader in the number of cases of COVID-19 and the number of dead people who have been found to have this coronavirus.
Johns Hopkins University, which maintains its own calculations based on federal and local statistics, as well as other data, said on Thursday afternoon that the number of confirmed cases of infection was almost 654 thousand people, about 31 thousand people died.
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