Armed Forces: Coronavirus

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th July 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the protections required for armed forces personnel stationed overseas to operate safely during the covid-19 pandemic.

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

Further to the answer given during Defence oral questions on Monday 6 July 2020, The Ministry of Defence has developed and implemented a package of Covid-19 protection measures (social distancing, isolation, quarantine and specialist medical air evacuation) for each overseas location. All non-essential travel has been halted to minimise the risk of transmission, and following assessment, those deemed most medically vulnerable have been returned home. Commanders in each theatre have the ability to suspend activity as required to ensure force protection. The Department continues to review where our personnel are serving during the pandemic and the support they may need whilst doing so.

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