Two military personnel test positive for coronavirus after flying into RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Friday as all incoming forces are ordered to self-isolate for 14 days
- Pair, believed to be a man and a woman, had flown from the UK to local airport
- Developed symptoms of coronavirus and immediately went into self-isolation
- All people arriving at the base are now being screened, according to military
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Two British military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus after flying into RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today.
The pair, believed to be a man and a woman, had flown from the UK to Paphos International Airport before travelling to the British base, where they are located permanently.
They had developed symptoms of coronavirus and immediately went into self-isolation before testing positive for the disease. Their symptoms are said to be mild.
It came as the UK death toll increased by 14 overnight, bringing the total to 35, as the government prepared to introduce emergency measures including a £1,000 fine or jail for anyone refusing to self-isolate.
The pair, believed to be a man and a woman, had flown from the UK to Paphos International Airport before travelling to the British base (where a Tornado is seen landing on the runway)
British Forces Cyprus (BFC) has said everyone arriving from the UK will be screened for the virus and ordered to self-isolate for two weeks.
‘We want to reassure everyone that we have a robust plan to protect our people,’ a spokesman said.
‘Every UK national arriving from the UK into the Bases will self-isolate at home for 14 days from arrival.’
The island of Cyprus has seen 39 confirmed cases, six of which have occurred in the Turkish-held northern part of the island.
RAF Akrotiri, which is home to almost 6,000 military personnel, is one of two areas which comprise Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a British Overseas Territory, administered as a Sovereign Base Area.
All non-essential travel, military exercises and large gatherings have been halted around the area of the base.
RAF Akrotiri is the UK’s largest foreign military base and in 2018 was used to launch Typhoon jet airstrikes on suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria in response to an attack by President Assad that killed 75 people.
It is home to the Cyprus Operations Support Unit, which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK’s strategic interests.