Mexico’s army will deploy 16,750 members to control the COVID-19 crisis
On March 24, Mexico entered the second stage of its contingency plan even though only 1% of COVID-19 cases are spread by the community  - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Mexico’s army will deploy 16,750 members to control the COVID-19 crisis

25/03/2020
16:06
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President López Obrador announced the army would operate 10 hospitals

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Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the head of Mexico’s National Defense Ministry (SEDENA), announced the institution will launch the so-called DN-III plan, an emergency plan, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The emergency plan includes the deployment of 16,750 members of its medical staff to treat those infected with coronavirus

During President López Obrador’s news conference, general Sandoval said the institute has 1,727 nurses; 824 medical officers; 8,152 medical corps; and 649 dentists who will be trained to help during the contingency

Additionally, the Mexican army will also deploy 100 intensive care ambulances, 470 ambulances, and use 313 hospitals

In previous days, President López Obrador announced the army would operate 10 hospitals.

Moreover, Mexico’s Finance Ministry transferred an additional MXN $4,500 million to the army and navy, in order for both institutions to launch their emergency plans: DN-III plan and the Navy Plan. 

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According to Finance Minister Arturo Herrera, the army received MXN $4,000 million, while the navy received MXN $500 million. 

On March 24, Mexico entered the second stage of its contingency plan even though only 1% of COVID-19 cases are spread by the community and were not imported from China, Europe, or the U.S.

According to phase 2, the government will implement more strict measures to halt the propagation of the virus

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