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Armed Forces: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 34541, tabled on 16 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) estimate he has made of the number of armed forces personnel who are currently self-isolating due to covid-19 and (b) assessment he has made of covid-19 isolation of armed forces personnel on the operational activity of the armed forces.

Answered on

23 July 2021

As at 1 July 2021, 5,200 Regular and Reservist Armed Forces personnel were reported as absent from work because of COVID-19 self-isolation.

Defence has successfully maintained its core and most important outputs throughout the pandemic, reacting with agility and flexibility to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19. While the need to undertake self-isolation and other measures have had an effect, they have not adversely affected our key operations.