Northern Ireland has pleaded for the military to help hospital services, saying they are “under pressure as never before” in the COVID crisis.
Health minister Robin Swann said staff are “exhausted” and that he was “determined to activate any measure that can alleviate the situation in any way”.
In total, more than 500 armed forces staff – Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) – have been deployed in Northern Ireland but all duties ended in May.
A decision over the new deployment made be announced next week.
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