The Armed Forces will expand their troops to combat COVID-19

These troops have carried out, since last March 15 when they began their deployment, a total of 10,960 interventions in 1,207 populations, operating in all the autonomous communities, both peninsular and insular and in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and in the all of Spanish provinces.

Within the work carried out, 1,124 supports have been totaled to hospitals, 667 to health centers and 558 to social centers, which include places for the treatment of disabled people, reintegration, support for the homeless and dependent people.

Likewise, 3,483 actions have been carried out to support nursing homes, of which 3,370 have included the disinfection of these centers. The military personnel have also carried out 752 actions in support of Public Administration dependencies (mainly Civil Guard and National Police facilities, Courts and penitentiary centers).

The interventions by the Component Commands that participate in Operation Balmis, all of them coordinated and directed by the Operations Command, (corresponding to the Military Emergency Unit, the Ground and Air Armies and the Navy), have been 6,145 in the case of the UME, 2,864 in the ground command (LCC), 1,529 in the naval component (MCC) and 422 in the air (JFAC).

Military deployed

As for the military personnel deployed for days, from March 31 and until today, between 4,000 and 5,000 troops have been active, reaching the maximum of the entire Operation Balmis on April 3 and 4, when the last number was exceeded. .

The first 350 military personnel were deployed on March 15 in the provinces of Madrid, Zaragoza, Seville, Valencia, León, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, reaching 3,000 deployed from March 25 and 4,000 on April 1.

By Component Controls, the deployments have oscillated according to the days, having mainly acted in numbers of the Army and the UME, increasing in the last week and a half the participation of Navy personnel.

To all these deployed personnel must be added -without being included in the statistical figures so far listed- military health personnel who were also activated from March 15. From the outset, the 2,500 members of the Defense Hospitals of Madrid and Zaragoza began to attend to coronavirus cases. In the following days, with the incorporation especially of reservists, this figure increased to 3,100 on March 27.


As for the interventions per day carried out by the FAS within Operation Balmis, to total the aforementioned 10,960 to date, they began on March 15, when the first disinfections were carried out in critical facilities in the five provinces mentioned above.

Since April 1, 500 daily performances have been exceeded in an average of 200 to 300 locations per day.

By places where the interventions have been carried out and together with the already listed services in hospitals, health and social centers, nursing homes and government offices, it should be noted that 2,911 actions have been carried out on public roads and 452 in shops.

In the section on public transport, which includes both the vehicles themselves and the infrastructures for use, for example bus stations or canopies, 494 interventions have been carried out, also operating in seaports on 98 occasions and 111 in airports.

Another 293 interventions have been carried out on other critical infrastructures, as well as on specific bridges or roads.

By types of support provided by the Armed Forces, these have been especially for disinfection, with 6,824 interventions. Of these, 32% have been, for example, in nursing homes, 27 on public roads and another 10% in hospitals. This type of work has also been carried out in government offices, airports and ports, health and social centers, shops and other infrastructures.

Another 556 have also been carried out of a sanitary nature, both in support of personnel and material, especially relevant in hospitals, and 366 more have been in the nature of support for shelters and camps, including the delivery of material or food.

In recent weeks, support has been constant for the transfer of the deceased to facilities such as the Ice Palace, the City of Justice and Majadahonda (in the Community of Madrid). On the other hand, interhospital transfer of moderate patients has been carried out between different hospitals in the Community of Madrid and other medical centers such as the Ifema or hotels set up for this purpose.

Finally, 153 logistical supports have been carried out, as well as 2,876 of presence and recognition, which include patrol activities, except those that support the State Security Forces and Corps (FCSE). The latter have involved 174 actions.

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