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320 British troops in Nanyuki under quarantine after Covid exposure

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About 320 British troops are on lockdown at their camp in Nanyuki after a coronavirus outbreak struck a military exercise.

The British Army confirmed four personnel on location with a battle group training regiment have tested positive for Covid-19.

A total 320 military personnel in Nanyuki for Exercise Askari Storm have been placed under isolation rules at the site – with half quarantining in tents.

More than 1,000 troops are eating rations after the camp Commander ordered the cookhouse shut and banned local staff including chefs from the camp for their own safety, officials confirmed.

Split into Groups

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said the camp at British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) had been split into isolating groups by flights upon arrival, then were subjected to further quarantine orders once the positive tests were confirmed.

The groups on location for the exercise are understood to include at least two infantry battalions.

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The MOD confirmed the total on location numbered 1,606 people in total – with more on the way.

The Army’s 2nd battalion Mercian personnel are among those isolating.

The Ministry said all soldiers were tested for Covid-19 92 hours before their flights to Kenya.

Six-Day Isolation

Upon arrival, the flight groups each had to isolate for six days to curb transmission.

They were continually asked about any symptoms daily and were PCR tested.

During that initial six day ‘control’ period, four tested positive, the MOD said in a statement.

As a result, local civilians employed to staff the camp’s gym and kitchens were told not to come into work until the outbreak was under control, to protect the Kenyan community, the MOD said.

The areas were being deep-cleaned, and soldiers were being fed on rations in the meantime, the department confirmed.

-The Mirror

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