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Africa: Peacekeeping Operations

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL3572, tabled on 28 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have put in place to deal with the potential transmission of COVID-19 to civilians among UK military personnel and staff deployed to UN peacekeeping missions in Africa.

Answered on

11 May 2020

We continue to work closely with the UN to support a coordinated approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19, including from UN peacekeepers to local populations.

The UK and all other nations contributing to peacekeeping missions have implemented additional measures to prevent the spread of the virus. While not an exhaustive list, these include a reduction in rotations and deployments of military personnel, pre-deployment quarantine of personnel, mission-led processes for isolating those suspected of contracting the virus, and changes to the level and means of interaction between peacekeepers and local populations.