US, Canada, Australia to hold training day for troops to combat Ebola virus
Canada, the United States and Australia will hold training days for their forces on Tuesday to fight the Ebola virus, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said.
Key points:Australia is holding the first day of its own training for troops in New York and New JerseyThe United States is also training troops in Atlanta and Tampa for the first timeOn Monday, the White House announced the start of the world’s largest exercise, called “All-Out”, with more than 1,000 troops from more than 30 countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
The US, Australia and New Zealand have been training troops on how to cope with the virus, and are holding training days in New Jersey and New York.
On Monday they held training at the USS Saratoga, which is about 1,300 kilometres (620 miles) east of New York City.
“We’re sending a clear message to our troops in the US and Canada that if you get sick and die in the country, it’s your own fault,” Nicholson said in a statement.
“The best way to prevent a virus like this from spreading is to prevent it spreading.
Australia and New England will also be sending up to 20,000 people to help fight the virus.”
The US military is using the “all-out” exercise, which began in August, to try to build up its capacity in case the virus reaches the West Coast.
The United Nations has warned that the number of cases could double in a matter of weeks, and the number and severity of deaths could rise sharply if it does.
But the US has warned against jumping to any conclusions.
“The first wave of cases will not affect our forces, but we’re very concerned about the spread,” Nicholson told reporters in Washington.
“It will be a very, very slow, slow, long-term process to bring down the spread of the virus,” he said.
“But the first wave will certainly mean a lot of lives lost.”
On Sunday, US President Donald Trump said the US would be “doing everything in our power” to contain the spread.
“I think it’s important that we keep the country safe, and I do,” he told reporters.
“But we’re going to be doing everything we can to keep our country safe.”