Reservists of the national Guard were declared positive at the COVID-19 after having been deployed to deal with the demonstrators, raising fears of a resurgence of the epidemic in favor of the rallies against police violence, which have undermined the United States.
“We can confirm that we have tested positive to the COVID-19 in the ranks of the national Guard of Washington”, said Tuesday in a press release the spokesperson of the office of the national Guard of the u.s. capital, the lieutenant-colonel Brooke Davis.
She refused to specify the number of positive case, citing reasons of “operational security”.
Some 1,700 reservists of the national Guard of the capital had been mobilised last week to contain the protests, sometimes violent, which have increased since the death on may 25, George Floyd, a black man of 46 years heatstroke below the knee of a white policeman.
Their response has sometimes been brutal, especially during the dispersal of a peaceful protest hit with tear gas, to allow the president to Donald Trump to ask, bible in hand, in front of a church near the White House.
And even if they were hidden and protected by shields, the social distancing was almost impossible to meet in many places.