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NI First Minister calls US President’s disinfectant comments ‘extraordinary’

Donald Trump has been criticised after suggesting it would be “interesting to check” whether a disinfectant injection could help combat coronavirus.

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Donald Trump has caused a furore with his comments (Alex Brandon/AP)

Donald Trump has caused a furore with his comments (Alex Brandon/AP)

Donald Trump has caused a furore with his comments (Alex Brandon/AP)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has described a suggestion by US President Donald Trump around disinfectant treating coronavirus as “extraordinary”.

There has been criticism around the world of Mr Trump’s comments after he suggested it would be “interesting to check” whether a disinfectant injection could help combat Covid-19.

Disinfectant manufacturers have also spoken out, warning that “under no circumstance” should their products be injected or ingested.

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First Minister Arlene Foster during the daily media broadcast in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Friday.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister Arlene Foster during the daily media broadcast in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Friday.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister Arlene Foster during the daily media broadcast in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Friday.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Arlene Foster agreed with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, who described Mr Trump’s comments as “extraordinary”.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also criticised the comments, describing them as “extremely dangerous”.

Speaking at the Stormont Executive’s daily media update, Mrs Foster said: “It is an extraordinary thing for a US president to say and (I’m) certainly sure that it is not based on any medical advice.

“I would concur with Mark Drakeford’s comments in relation to that. It is important that we continue to take medical advice, certainly Michelle (O’Neill – Deputy First Minister) or I don’t claim to be virologists at any time, we aren’t experts in the field therefore we are very much led on the advice that we are given both locally and nationally.”

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