French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on April 4 that 600 of its troops were infected with the corona virus, but she said the army’s combat capability was not affected.
“The situation is still complicated. We are watching closely. Our operational capacity is not affected,” said French Defense Minister Florence Parly on 4/4.
Parly said that the French army will deploy the battleship carrying Tonnerre helicopters to Corsica Island, French territory in the Mediterranean.
The military will evacuate severe cases in Corsica to capable hospitals in the southeast of France. On the Tonnerre train there are about 69 beds.
Information of 600 French soldiers infected with corona virus was announced by Ms Parly a day after the Ministry of Defense confirmed 4 soldiers tested positive for corona virus.
The soldiers are part of an anti-jihadist campaign in the Sahel, a desert region of western and northern Central Africa from Senegal to Sudan, according to CNN.
France recorded 588 deaths on April 3, the highest increase within 24 hours since the outbreak.
The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country as of April 3 was 5,091, including reported cases in hospitals and some nursing homes, according to AFP.