Today, former U.S. President Joe Biden said 6,000 men and women in the United States Armed Forces died of COVID-19 during the global pandemic. On Thursday, Biden said there has been 6,114 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S military and 118,984 total COVID-19 infections among service members. Let’s take a little closer look.
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Once again, not so, Joe. Even if you factor in military service members, civilian contractors, dependents and civilians working on base, the total deaths of military ‘related’ COVID-19 patients is just 90.
He was also off on the total number of COVID-19 cases in the military. Total military, civilian and contractor infections tied to military bases and operations is 58,058, according to the Department of Defense.
So where did Biden get the figure of 6,114 deaths? Nobody really has any idea, because there have only been 7 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. military and 40,000 positive cases among America’s fighting warriors.
If 6,000 troops died from COVID-19, that would eclipse of the U.S. war casualties from Afghanistan (2,372) and the Iraq war (4,424).