20,000 Troops on standby ready to help the NHS and to protect the U.K. from any possible terrorist attack

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Up to 20,000 service employees will be put on standby to help combat the coronavirus, with soldiers gearing up to induce oxygen tankers, support the authorities and boost hospital capacity.

Reservists will Thursday be placed on notice to mobilise if needed as part of a war-like effort to prepare the armed forces in the event the government calls upon them in massive numbers.

But the military has to also take care of the threat posed by COVID-19, the disease brought on by the coronavirus.

Commanders are taking the time to isolate or quarantine personnel on the UK’s most significant security missions – such as the capability to react to a terrorist attack or to shield UK heavens from the hostile aircraft – to be certain they are not sick.

In addition, all vacation leave was cancelled for troops deployed on operations abroad, while training exercises in Canada and Kenya have been stalled. 

“The women and men of our armed forces stand ready to protect Britain and her citizens from all possible threats, including COVID-19,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.”The unique flexibility and dedication of the services means that we can provide assistance across the whole of society in this time of need.

Quotes from Sky News…

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