The Pentagon is seeking to supply up to 100,000 body bags to authorities in the US amid the deteriorating Covid-19 epidemic in the country, with the expected death toll rising.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ordered 100,000 body bags for the US Department of Defense, a Pentagon official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The Department of Defense Logistics (DLA) is working with the current contractor for additional supplies, the official said.
The original bags will be shipped in from DLA’s warehouse, while the contractor is ramping up production, the official said on condition of anonymity.
DLA does not know the specific delivery date as required by FEMA, but is aiming to have the goods as soon as possible.
Earlier, Bloomberg reported that the Pentagon is considering buying more body bags and will soon pull out of its 50,000-bag storage.
A FEMA spokeswoman quoted by Bloomberg said the agency is planning “cautious” options for upcoming needs, including steps to prepare for “death-related situations”. in the states of america.
A unit of the DLA military logistics agency is responsible for managing the stockpile of green nylon body bags, measuring 2.4 m x 1 m, commonly used on the battlefield.
The above happening occurred in the context of the US having an increasing number of corona virus deaths. There have been more than 4,500 deaths and more than 200,000 infections in the richest country in the world, according to Reuters statistics.
President Donald Trump and leading medical advisers urged Americans to follow strict social distance measures before “very difficult two weeks” that could have at least 100,000 people die from coronavirus, according to Reuters.
On March 29, Mr. Trump for the first time admitted that the number of deaths from corona virus infection in the country could reach 100,000 or more.