Washington (CNN)The US Army says mitigation efforts to blunt the spread of the coronavirus “have proven insufficient” within the service and it is suspending “non-mission essential functions,” including some non-critical training of units in the field and physical fitness training involving large numbers of troops, according to an internal Army directive dated Thursday that was obtained by CNN.”Mitigation measures taken by the Army to blunt the spread of COVID-19 have proven insufficient,” the internal order said. The coronavirus “continues to spread geographically as the number of infected persons continues to rise,” it added, saying “additional measures and actions are required to protect the force from further spread of COVID-19.”Task and Purpose first reported on the Army directive.”The Army, effective immediately, will suspend or modify activities to preserve the force in order to protect the Nation,” the directive added.A total of 280 service members had tested positive for the virus as of Thursday morning, an increase of 53 from the 227 reported on Wednesday. And there are nearly 600 positive cases across the Defense Department, which includes civilians, dependents, and contractors. “What we’re really saying right now, when we look at our commands, we say, ‘Do you — do you really

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