The armed forces will provide support to combat the coronavirus pandemic (Getty Images) The Army has put up to 20,000 troops on standby to form part of a ‘Covid Support Force’.
Alongside the 10,000 military personnel who are always held at ‘higher readiness’ in the event of a civil emergency, an additional 10,000 will be called upon to aid Britian’s coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of troops are being flown home from overseas to help the NHS, police and other key areas. Should Britain go into lockdown, military personnel are expected to assist police in helping secure the streets.
Top articles 1/5 READ MORE Zizzi and Ask Italian to shut down all restaurants from today Military medics, including doctors and nurses, will also be deployed to help in hospitals. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Other areas of support will include transport, logistics and engineering.
Helicopters are on standby to transport supplies. On Monday, 150 military personnel will begin fast-tracked training so they can drive oxygen tankers to give further support to the NHS.
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