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UK military finally winds down coronavirus campaign

Iran Press TV

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 6:05 PM

After months of grandstanding over the coronavirus pandemic, the UK military has finally been forced to officially wind down its campaign.

According to Sky News, the armed forces are set to "dramatically reduce" the number of personnel in their "COVID Support Force" (CSF).

Originally, as part of Operation Rescript, the military had mobilized 20,000 personnel to help the government and the National Health Service (NHS) to manage the coronavirus crisis.

Operation Rescript had planned for the most extreme scenarios, with contingencies in place to deploy troops in central London to restore law and order.

Sky News is reporting that only 4,000 of these personnel were used in an operational capacity, mostly in the form of supplying personal protection equipment to frontline NHS staff.

Critical observers had accused the military – and especially the army- of using the crisis to engage in a propaganda exercise.

These claims were lent greater credibility after it transpired that the field hospital set up by the army, NHS Nightingale, had only treated 51 Covid-19 patients.

The House of Commons Defense Select Committee launched an inquiry into the armed forces' performance during the pandemic only a week after NHS Nightingale was forced to shut down because of chronic under-use.

The CSF is managed from the military's COVID Command Headquarters in Aldershot, Hampshire.

The headquarters was established in mid-March to ostensibly provide support to the NHS and other government departments.

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