Coronavirus: Military To Help Deliver Supplies To Vulnerable In Isolation

The military is going to help coordinate and deliver supplies to people at the highest risk from coronavirus.

The Armed Forces will help deliver supplies to up to 1.5 million people in England who face the highest risk of being hospitalised by coronavirus, so the can shield themselves by self-isolating. 

Those with chronic health conditions are being sent a letter by the Government telling them to stay inside for 12 weeks. 

This includes, for example, those who have received organ transplants, are living with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis and severe chronic bronchitis or specific cancers like of the blood or bone marrow.

Those receiving certain types of drug treatments including ones which suppress the immune system – leaving the body less able to fight off the virus are also on the list of those advised to self-isolate.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, Robert Jenrick, the minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government said: "We are aware that these individuals will be thinking about the practicalities. 

"We will be setting out to them how we are going to help them, so they might be staying at home for a long time but they shouldn't feel alone.

"We are going to do this in a number of ways.

"Medicines will be delivered through a community pharmacist and food and supplies are going to be delivered through local councils with the support of supermarkets and the Armed Forces."

The military will work alongside local councils to deliver this support and also help with the local planning in response to this crisis.

Cover image: Library photo of an Army Land Rover.