Armed Forces: Coronavirus

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd May 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the level of capacity for covid-19 testing of military personnel that are required to maintain full military capabilities.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Defence personnel are included within the national testing programme established and led by the Department for Health and Social Care and the National Health Service.

There is sufficient capacity and testing has been incorporated into Defence's wider strategy of risk-reduction measures to minimise the potential risk to personnel operating at home and overseas.

Defence has continued to maintain its operational output throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to supporting wider Government, the NHS and Devolved Administrations in their response to COVID-19 and will continue doing so wherever it is required.

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