THE BIGGEST British base in Africa was plunged into total lockdown last night in the middle of worries an aircraft load of contaminated soldiers had actually brought the brand-new UK covid pressure to Kenya.
Numerous local personnel, consisting of the garrison’s chefs, were disallowed from entering the base to reduce the threat of transmission into the regional neighborhood.
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Troops were required to eat in restaurants of date rations after Colonel Paul Gilby, the garrison commander, ordered 2 days of “enhanced seclusion”.
Around 160 soldiers were tossed out of the barracks and required to camp under tarpaulins in a quote to make the buildings less crowded.
The break out at the British Army Training Unit Kenya, called BATUK, comes days after the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and the British High Commissioner Jane Mariott went to the camp in a quote to reassure local officials that it was safe to reboot training.
At least 4 soldiers have tested favorable considering that they arrived recently.
An Army source insisted there was practically no threat of contaminating local Kenyans.
” The troops showed up on an RAF flight to Nairobi, they utilized a bespoke arrivals facility and were bussed directly to the camp,” he stated.
An Army representative said:” A really small number of British soldiers on workout in Kenya have actually tested positive for Covid-19.
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” The camp at BATUK has actually been put into boosted isolation in line with the Ministry of Defence’s Force Health Protection (FHP) measures.
” The British Army takes the health and health and wellbeing of our workers and the local neighborhoods in Kenya really seriously.
” Covid-19 testing, social distancing and health measures remain in location to safeguard all regional people and military personnel and to prevent additional infections.”
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