Army chiefs say they’ve introduced a range of measures to combat Covid-19 in a Cumbrian training centre.

Extra facilities have been brought in to the Warcop Training Area to ensure the safety of soldiers.

The centre had been in use by soldiers from the fourth Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Measures included restricting numbers in each building to ensure that social distancing measures could be observed.

Working with contractors, the army has ensured extra temporary shower and toilet facilities, and two mobile laundry facilities were also provided.

Due to the fast-moving nature of the coronavirus pandemic, teams had to work very quickly and the new facilities were in place within two weeks.

Colonel Phil Cook, deputy head of UK Training at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which runs the facility, said: “The teams on the ground had to react very quickly and proactively to a changing situation.

“Plans had to take into account the number of troops, existing facilities, available space and any steps which could be taken to protect troops, contractors and staff.

"Their hard work ensured that all the soldiers could complete their training safely.”