Pentagon: Military coronavirus cases near 2,000

Last weekend the number topped 1,000, and one week ago it stood at 771.

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the military has surged to nearly 2,000.

Last weekend the number topped 1,000, and one week ago it stood at 771.

Among the services, the active duty Navy has the most cases, with more than 500. The Army has 470.

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