“The number of National Guardsmen called up to deal with the coronavirus response may double by the weekend, and a top general says they may help with local law enforcement.
“The Pentagon, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that the administration has no plans to put Guardsmen under federal control.
“More than 2,000 Guardsmen have already been deployed in 27 states to respond to the pandemic, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel told reporters Thursday.
“After possibly doubling in days, the number could rise to tens of thousands as the crisis deepens, he said.
““When there is a hurricane you can see it on a map, you have a sense of how hard the storm will hit and how long the storm will last,” said Lengyel, who is chief of the National Guard Bureau. “With Covid-19, it’s like we have 54 separate hurricanes in every state, territory and the District of Columbia.””
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