SIX British Army top brass are reportedly self-isolating after the Armed Forces head tested positive for Covid.
UK Army chief General Sir Nick Carter, 62, is undergoing a 10-day period of isolation after a test indicated he had developed Covid-19, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.
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NHS Test & Trace has since ordered Defence Secretary Ben Wallace plus the heads of the Navy, RAF and Strategic Command to stay at home for the same duration, defence sources told the Daily Telegraph.
It came after they were into “close contact” with Sir Nick at a meeting,
The Forces chief and his deputy have spent the weekend in self-isolation awaiting the result of PCR tests.
This came after they attended the same meeting but remained at a social distance.
The pair will each conduct their business remotely on Monday as a precaution.
It comes after a warning from MPs last week that Nato partners are concerned about British service personnel being deployed overseas without being doubly jabbed.
Britain’s top serving general is understood to have tested positive after appearing at the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire on Friday.
But it was a meeting that took place the previous day that concerned the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Sir Nick had been at a summit with Mr Wallace, 51, along with Admiral Sir Tim Fraser, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, at the Defence Academy in Oxfordshire.
Also present were General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, 57, Chief of the General Staff; Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 55, First Sea Lord, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, 53, Chief of the Air Staff and General Sir Patrick Sanders, 55, Commander Strategic Command.
It is understood that social distancing measures were obeyed.
But the Telegraph reports Mr Wallace and Sir Tony, Sir Mike and Sir Patrick came into close contact with Sir Nick and they have to isolate.
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A Defence source said: “There are going to be a lot of diaries disrupted” as site visits and physical meetings are organised weeks in advance.
“It’s going to need quite a bit of readjustment at the top of Defence in the coming days.
“But the outer offices will be very happy, because any chief stuck in self-isolation will be able to catch up on all their outstanding paperwork.”
An MoD spokesman said: “The Chief of the Defence Staff has tested positive during routine Covid-19 checks. Colleagues who were in a senior meeting with him last week, including the Secretary of State, are self-isolating in line with government guidelines.”
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