Pentagon to buy 100K body bags for bodies of those killed by coronavirus
Unfortunately, the Pentagon purchases a lot of body bags under normal circumstances – but never like this.
The usual war expense may now be made for civilian use amid the rising death toll in the coronavirus epidemic.
Bloomberg News reports the U.S. Defense Department is seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use.
This, as President Trump has talked repeated of a “painful” two weeks as the death tolls in the coronavirus epidemic soars and now even best-case estimates from the White House predict 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the virus.
Details from Bloomberg:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 body bags, known as Human Remains Pouches, through an interagency group that directed it to the Defense Department. The Pentagon is looking into buying more bags and will draw some initially from a stockpile of 50,000 it maintains, according to two people familiar with the request.
A formal order hasn’t yet been placed, however.
The Pentagon’s stockpile of the green nylon, 94-inch by 38-inch body bags that are typically distributed to war zones.
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