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Coronavirus: 'Over 100' Military Personnel Have Tested Positive

The Defence Secretary also added the absentee rate in the military is about half of what is seen in the rest of the community.

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More than 100 members of the military have tested positive for coronavirus, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.

Ben Wallace, who himself self-isolated earlier this year after experiencing "bloody awful" symptoms of COVID-19, said the Armed Forces has "had just over 100" cases of the virus.

He also said the absentee rate in the military is about half of what is seen in the rest of the community, acknowledging the "strong personal discipline" on routines instilled in military personnel as a potential factor.

Mr Wallace has also praised the "exceptional skills, ingenuity and determination" shown by the military for their role in getting mobile testing units (MTUs) ready for use.

Ninety-six mobile coronavirus testing units are now operational, with 92 of them being staffed by the military.

A total of 1,500 British military personnel are now involved in carrying out tests for coronavirus.

The mobile test units (MTUs), which were got ready by service members, mean a more key workers can be tested for COVID-19.

Personnel at the units have been swabbing medical staff at sites selected daily by the Department for Health and Social Care.

The mobile facilities, which have the capacity to test 300 people each day across the UK, were rolled out by service members last month.

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