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Strategic UK air base base hit by coronavirus

Iran Press TV

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 6:13 PM

The issue of coronavirus infections inside the British military has come to the fore again following reports of two cases at the one of the UK's most strategic air bases in Scotland.

Even though the infected persons are not believed to be air force personnel based at RAF Lossiemouth, nevertheless there will be concern about the extent of infections, not least because the British military does not release official figures on the rate of COVID-19 infections amongst its ranks.

In an attempt to alleviate pubic concerns the station commander at RAF Lossiemouth, Group Captain Chris Layden made the following statement: "As station commander I've been briefed that there have been two suspected cases of Covid-19 among the Volker Fitzpatrick workforce who are delivering the essential runway works here at RAF Lossiemouth".

Situated in Moray, north-east Scotland, RAF Lossiemouth is one of two of the British air force's Quick Reaction Alert stations which protect UK airspace. The other is RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire which protects the southern air space.

In recent months Typhoon fighter jets based at RAF Lossiemouth have been regularly scrambled to chase away Russian bombers getting too close to UK air space.

Besides RAF Lossiemouth, the other known coronaviorus infections at a strategic UK military base occurred in the occupied Malvinas (Falkland) Islands back in April raising concerns about the extent of the problem at British military sites both at home and overseas.

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