A large part of the American army top has been quarantined as a precaution, insiders report to American media on Tuesday. This was decided after the deputy commander of the Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ray attended a summit meeting at the Pentagon last week. This meeting also included other top military personnel who had recently attended a reception at the White House. US President Donald Trump was also present at that reception. Trump was tested positive for the corona virus on Thursday.
It is not clear whether Ray became infected before, after, or during his presence in the Pentagon.
For now, only Ray would have tested positive. “We are aware that Vice Commander Ray has tested positive for the coronavirus and that he was at the Pentagon last week for meetings with other military leaders,” said a Pentagon spokesman.
According to a source of The New York Times Nearly all members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are in quarantine, including the United States’ top serviceman General Mark Milley and Army Chief General James C. McConville. The top soldiers could continue to work from home.