PICTURES: Army Delivers Supplies to Hospital During Coronavirus Lockdown

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 24: Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas' hospital on March 24, 2020 in London, England. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home …
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Members of the British Army’s 101 Logistic Brigade have begun delivering consignments of personal protection equipment for medical staff to hospitals after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a strict lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

The army has begun assisting the National Health Service (NHS), with photographs from Tuesday morning showing the army’s logistics team delivering boxes of some 50,000 essential medical masks to St Thomas’ Hospital, which is directly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 24: A military lorry is seen as members of the 101 Logistic Brigade deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital on March 24, 2020, in London, England. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

“What you’ve seen today is a British Army convoy delivering PPE right to the frontline of the nation’s response to the coronavirus challenge.

“But this is more than just delivering masks — this is a demonstration the British Army is standing side by side with the NHS,” Brigadier Phil Prosser said.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 24: Members of the 101 Logistic Brigade deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital on March 24, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

While green military vehicles could become a familiar sight on Britain’s roads for the duration of the outbreak, The Times reports that army staff will also be trained to drive civilian heavy goods vehicles. Personnel from all branches of the military will be trained to drive supplies of oxygen to medical facilities.

The COVID support force will see 250 personnel deployed to assist civil authorities, such as the NHS, with the response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. In total, 20,000 armed forces personnel are on standby to support the country, including specialist military planners.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 24: Members of the 101 Logistic Brigade deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital on March 24, 2020, in London, England.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

On Sunday, a Royal Air Force A400M transport aircraft lifted a critically-ill coronavirus patient from a hospital in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to an intensive care unit in Aberdeen on the mainland. Joint Helicopter Command is also on standby to provide medical evacuation support for people in isolated communities.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 24: Members of the 101 Logistic Brigade deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital on March 24, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

It has been reported that the army may also build field hospitals at conference centres, such as the ExCel in London. The 100-acre Docklands convention centre could be transformed into a facility for hundreds of patients. Hotels may also be converted into makeshift hospitals.

The military is also set to support supermarkets in coordinating deliveries of food to vulnerable people.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 24: Members of the 101 Logistic Brigade deliver a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital on March 24, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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