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Coronavirus: How Many Personnel Have Tested Positive For COVID-19?

The Ministry of Defence has released new data which reveals how many servicemen and women have tested positive for COVID-19.

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More than 1,600 military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus since the outbreak began.

The latest statistics released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) show that 48,676 UK servicemen and women have been tested for COVID-19, with 1,686 testing positive.

Since the start of the outbreak, 3,205 civilian defence personnel have also been tested. 

The MOD said the tests have been carried out at regional testing sites, mobile units, hospitals, or at home using testing kits.

According to the latest Government data, there have been a total of 1,538,794 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

In the Armed Forces, the British Army has seen the most positive tests, with 803, while the Navy has had577 positive results and the RAF 306.

The majority of the positive cases among serving personnel have been in the UK (1,567), with 119 cases overseas.

The new data is correct as of 6 November 2020.

Military personnel have played a key role in the UK's response to coronavirus (Picture: MOD).

The Royal Navy has had 9,791 of its service personnel tested, with 9,427 in the British Army and 1,029 in the Royal Air Force.

A total of 28,347 service personnel in UK Strategic Command have also been tested.

UK Armed Forces personnel have played a key role in the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, including setting up and running mobile testing centres and helping to construct the NHS Nightingale hospitals.

During the peak of the military's coronavirus response, 20,000 troops were at readiness, with more than 4,000 of them deployed at any one time.

As many as 3,000 military personnel have been involved in supporting the pilot of mass coronavirus testing in Liverpool, with personnel asked to extend their support for a longer time period in the city until 4 December.

Recently, 100 RAF personnel were deployed to Birmingham to support the city council's 'Drop and Collect' testing initiative.

The Armed Forces will soon help to launch a major community testing programme for coronavirus in England.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Armed Forces and NHS are on standby to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine.

Cover image: MOD.