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Covid-19: Over 10,000 troops could be placed on standby next week

by LLB Reporter
16th Mar 20 3:30 pm

Officials have drawn up plans that could see more than 10,000 British troops on the streets across the UK as coronavirus is rapidly spreading through the country.

The plans are, codenamed Operation Broadshare according to Sky News and now awaiting to be signed off by the prime minister.

A senior source told Sky News, “It feels like we’re getting ready for war, but this time at home.

“This is what the military is good at, we are always planning scenarios and ready to step in to help, however I’ve never known anything like this. There are just so many unknowns.”

It is also understood that Army medics and Doctors are to be called in to work alongside the NHS as it has been claimed one in eight people in the UK will be infected with coronavirus.

As yet the British Army has not been called upon including their medics and doctors, but there are plans for 11,200 trained medical staff to assist the NHS.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources said, “nothing is off the table” and emergency field hospitals could be set up.

Tobias Ellwood MP, the chair of the defence select committee, said he believes “it was a matter of when, not if, the armed forces will be brought in”.

He added that the UK have some of the “best planners militarily in a crisis.”

London is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK as hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus.

The death rate is now in double figures and growing with more than 1,500 confirmed cases across the UK.

The UK is set to follow Italy, Spain, France and Ireland by closing restaurants, pubs and cafes, as the government has not ruled out a total shut down to combat coronavirus.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show that the situation was not “bad enough in the UK to follow suit yet.”

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