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DUP veteran Jim Wells

DUP veteran Jim Wells

Ice-cream: Sammy Wilson

Ice-cream: Sammy Wilson

DUP veteran Jim Wells

A former health minister has said he remains unconvinced that face coverings will prevent a second deadly wave of Covid-19.

South Down MLA Jim Wells said he is concerned that face coverings will instead contribute to an economic slump that will claim more lives than the coronavirus pandemic.

The politician, who has had the DUP party whip removed, was speaking out after his party colleague, Sammy Wilson, was criticised for posting a photograph of himself enjoying an ice-cream with the comment: "Support local business. You can't eat ice-cream when you're muzzled."