Military Capabilities

Covid-19: Latin American military forces deployed to combat Coronavirus outbreak

18 March 2020

Latin American armed forces are being deployed to maintain the rule of law and help those infected as the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak begins to spread throughout the region.

In Peru the government has declared a national crisis across the country. Soldiers have been deployed throughout Lima and other major cities, enforcing curfews and preventing the looting of supermarkets and shopping centres. Some of the navy's LAV II wheeled armoured vehicles are already circulating throughout the capital.

Similarly, the government of Panama ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, casinos and other places of mass gatherings from 16 March. Personnel from the National Naval Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) are helping enforce order.

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