LONDON 

British army troops were deployed Tuesday to help health officials fight the coronavirus outbreak as the country begins a national lockdown which was announced last night.

“As of 23 March, there are 250 personnel deployed to assist civil authorities with the response,” British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement, a day before the soldiers started to be seen across the country assisting the National Health Services.

“They are part of 20,000 armed forces personnel currently stood at readiness to take part,” it said, signaling the British public may start seeing more soldiers on streets.

The MoD also

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