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Second Armed Forces Member Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Falkland Islands

The service person is displaying "mild symptoms" and is currently self-isolating.

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A second member of the UK Armed Forces has tested positive for coronavirus in the Falkland Islands.

Commander of British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), Brigadier Nick Sawyer, said it was "unconnected to the first positive case".

He said the person is experiencing "mild symptoms" and has been placed in self-isolation.

Brigadier Sawyer also said personnel that had close contact with the individual have been placed in "precautionary self-isolation" and are showing no symptoms, so far. 

The first confirmed case of coronavirus on the islands was announced on Saturday. 

The individual is said to be in a stable condition in hospital, after becoming unwell at RAF Mount Pleasant. 

According to a Falkland Islands government statement, the service person was admitted to hospital from the military base on 31 March, after displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Personnel from the BFSAI are now helping to trace people who may have come into contact with the two individuals.

The islands are home to around 1,800 military personnel from all three services.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, personnel based on the islands have been following the UK's social distancing measures.

Meanwhile, members of 16 Medical Regiment and special equipment are heading to the Falklands to reinforce its only hospital.

The number of intensive care beds are also being increased.