美空军累计确诊新冠病例465例(英文)

 

据airforcetimes2020年4月4日报道,据美军统计,美空军确诊病例已从3月29日的164例增至4月2日的290例,增长76.8%。共有16名飞行员住院,25人康复。目前,空军累计465人确诊病例。290名飞行员中毒,他们一旦离岗,意味着美空军将有三个以上的飞行联队趴窝,将影响空军战略任务,沉重打击空军士气。空军已经采取相关措施,取消军事演习,制定计划加强情报收集,继续推进作战行动。美军高层已做好两手准备,一方面停止对外公布美军具体确诊人数,防止被对手“趁虚而入”,另外一方面将一些重要军事人员送入地下掩体。

COVID-19 cases among airmen increased more than 75 percent this week

The number of COVID-19 cases among airmen increased more than 75 percent since Sunday, according to the most recent figures from the service.

The Air Force reports that 290 airmen tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, up from the 164 that tested positive as of Sunday. That reflects a 76.8 percent increase.

A total of 16 airmen are hospitalized — down from 19 airmen on Wednesday — and 25 have made complete recoveries, the service said.

Among civilian Air Force personnel, the service reports that 82 civilians, 72 dependents and 21 contractors have COVID-19 as of Thursday. That’s a bump up from the 57 civilians, 41 dependents and 15 contractors from Sunday.

Altogether, the Air Force has reported 465 cases of personnel testing positive for the virus.

The pandemic has demanded the service to direct attention to the most critical missions over the next few months, which Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein described as a “reset” for the service.

“I’ve got to re-purpose some people from mission areas that are not essential to mission areas that are essential, and that’s not just something you do with a flip of a switch,” Goldfein told reporters Wednesday.

“There are all kinds of individual decisions that are associated with that bigger decision. So the reset I’m talking about is a broader reset across the Air Force to make sure that we keep our mission up and operating.”

Even though the Air Force has taken measures including canceling some military exercises, Goldfein said that the Air Force needs to put plans in place so intelligence and gathering operations, and combat operations can continue as the Air Force navigates the fluid “new normal.”

But a cookie-cutter solution won’t work for the Air Force since bases vary in geographic location, among other things, Goldfein said. As a result, he argued that social distancing and other policies to safeguard against the spread of the virus should remain at the discretion of wing commanders at Air Force installations.

“Every base has got a unique dynamic. … A one size fits all approach for every installation is doomed to fail,” Goldfein said.