Federal authorities requested 100,000 body bags from the Pentagon

The request was made against the backdrop of a deteriorating coronavirus situation in the United States.

The Pentagon is looking for ways to transfer up to 100,000 body bags for use by civilian authorities, while the coronavirus epidemic in the United States is worsening and a large number of casualties are expected in the coming weeks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 such bags from the Department of Defense, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters Wednesday.

The logistics department is working with the existing contractor to find additional opportunities, the official added.

President Donald Trump and his leading health advisers called on Americans to strictly observe the rules of social distance in the next “difficult two weeks” when the coronavirus could kill 100 thousand people.