As the number of coronavirus cases among U.S. military personnel continues to grow, the U.S. Army is looking to accelerate the development of wearable technologies that could detect COVID-19.

The Defense Department has set aside $25 million and hopes to award as many as 10 contracts following the Army’s request Monday for project proposals. “There is a dire and urgent need for development of rapid, accurate wearable diagnostics to identify and isolate pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases and track/prevent the spread of the virus,” the Army wrote in their proposal.

There are nearly 5,000 members of the U.S. armed forces with confirmed coronavirus cases as of May 5, according to

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