According to Kommersant newspaper sources, at the end of March, the Ministry of Defense informed the government of the first three infected with the coronavirus COVID-19 in the Armed Forces. At the same time, at least 133 more people were under surveillance.
According to Kommersant, the situation with coronavirus infection in the Armed Forces is assessed as "unstable." Among those infected with coronavirus are the 26-year-old warrant officer who is undergoing treatment at home, the colonel who is now in the Moscow hospital in Kommunarka, and the midshipman of the Northern Fleet. Dozens of other military personnel had close contacts with each of them, all of them were isolated, and no signs of infectious diseases have been identified.
At the same time, the military department did not abandon plans to hold the spring draft on time, the corresponding decree was also signed by the president of Russia. It is planned to call up 135 thousand conscripts, although they have not yet been sent to the troops. Human rights activists and lawyers have called the call "a hotbed of coronavirus." “People are afraid to go to the military registration and enlistment office,” said Arkady Chaplygin, chairman of the draft board of lawyers “Draftee .” A medical examination is always a crowd of people in the military registration and enlistment office, it’s a close contact. In almost any military commissariat there are hundreds or even more people in tiny corridors "Therefore, no one has the desire to go to the military registration and enlistment office. But there are no legal grounds not to go to the military registration and enlistment office, referring to the coronavirus."
The call itself should go from April 1 to July 15. 135 thousand new recruits promised two-week quarantine and tests for coronavirus, however, in the period before the call, they still have to move between crowds in the military enlistment office and the house, where there may be elderly relatives, especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
On April 12, the Department of Defense reported on preparations for a possible outbreak. More than 4.8 thousand infectious beds have been deployed in military medical organizations, 32 military hospitals have been trained, 11 of which are ready for work within four hours under the strict anti-epidemic regime. Also, on March 30, the department began to form seven mobile hospitals with one hundred beds each, ” said the Dozhd TV channel . In a critical situation, these facilities will be able to receive and civilian patients. However, one should not count on the experience of Russian military doctors who are now helping to combat coronavirus in Italy and Serbia - upon returning to their homeland, they, like all other Russians, need to sit for two weeks in self-isolation.
As of today, a total of 21 102 cases of COVID-19 are registered in Russia, 1694 people have recovered, 170 have died. 13002 cases are in Moscow. Here 1016 patients recovered, 95 died.