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Northern Ireland agencies made repeated Covid military aid requests over last year

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Army soldiers deliver Covid-19 tests to lorry drivers at Manston airfield in Kent (MoD/PA)

Army soldiers deliver Covid-19 tests to lorry drivers at Manston airfield in Kent (MoD/PA)

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Army soldiers deliver Covid-19 tests to lorry drivers at Manston airfield in Kent (MoD/PA)

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that 10 requests for military assistance were made by Northern Ireland agencies in the last eight months – prior to the news that Army medics are to assist local hospitals battling Covid-19.

Seven of the requests were linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the MoD said.

Four of the military aid to the civil authorities (MACA) requests related to patients being transferred to a hospital in England, while three were linked to the use of military bases to store personal protection equipment (PPE).


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