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Army chiefs on alert for 'perfect storm' this winter with Covid spike, flu, Brexit and flooding

BORIS Johnson has put army chiefs on alert for a perfect storm this winter of a second coronavirus spike combined with a flu outbreak, Brexit, and flooding.

An MoD boss revealed No 10 has ordered “tabletop exercises” to prepare for a combination of all four challenges at once.

The PM also warned Tory MPs there will be a resurgence of the pandemic unless the UK “throttles the life” out of the virus now.

Lieutenant General Douglas Chalmers, head of military strategy and operations at the MoD, revealed details of the planning.

He told the Lords the army is working with the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Whitehall chiefs to prepare for the worst case scenario.

He said: “The crisis is still very firmly with us, and definitely as we look towards the winter now, we know about the normal flu season, we’re obviously transitioning out of the EU, and we have our normal floods that come on.

“So we are looking very heavily at how we do winter preparedness and, because we run tabletop exercises very routinely, we will support some of the departmental tabletop exercising in Whitehall and local resilience forums.

“No10 has been very clear those exercises need to be done by the end of August in order that we can learn from them and then act on some of those elements that have been brought forward.”

Last night the PM warned lockdown-skeptic Tory MPs the UK isn’t out of the woods yet and could suffer a second spike.

Addressing the backbench 1922 committee, he said: “Don’t think it couldn’t happen here.”

He added: “We can’t be complacent. We are doing our best to throttle the life out of the virus.”

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