UK Defence Secretary, Top Brass Quarantined after Chief-of-Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19

The heads of the UK’s armed forces have all undergone quarantine procedures after Chief-of-staff General Sir Nick Carter tested positive for COVID-19.

“The chief of the defense 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,” announced the Ministry of Defence.

Carter tested positive during Chalke Valley History Festival visit on Friday, a day after meeting with the defense staff.

Among those who Carter had contact with last week were Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Admiral Sir Tim Fraser, vice-chief of the defense staff; General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, chief of the general staff; Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord, air chief marshal Sir Mike Wigston and General Sir Patrick Sanders, commander of strategic command.

The NHS Test and Trace alerted those who met with Carter and sent instructions for a 10-day self-isolation. 

All military business will be now conducted remotely while no date has been announced for resuming regular operations. 

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