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320 British soldiers based in Nanyuki isolated as four soldiers tests positive for Coronavirus

Four British soldiers have tested positive for Coronavirus. image/courtesy

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.

In a tweet, British ambassador to Kenya Jane Marriott confirmed the incidence stating that all measures were being taken to minimize risk to the local community

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) according to the standard said tonight the camp at British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) had been split into isolating groups by flights upon arrival, then they were subjected to further quarantine orders once the positive tests were confirmed. According to the ministry, all soldiers were tested for Covid-19 92 hours before their flights to Kenya.

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.