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Health minister seeks assistance of military medics again

In a statement Robin Swann described the health service as "under pressure as never before", adding that staff are "exhausted"

Health Minister Robin Swann has made another request for military assistance to alleviate Covid-19 hospital pressures.

In a statement Robin Swann described the health service as "under pressure as never before", adding that staff are "exhausted".

"I am determined to activate any measure that can alleviate the situation in any way," he said.

The Department of Health revealed that as of this morning only three hospitals in the north have spare beds.

Around 500 members of the armed forces have helped with the north's vaccination programme and in hospitals in the past year. Some 100 military personnel were tasked to the vaccination centre at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Such requests from the Department of Health are made under an arrangement known as MACA (Military Aid to Civilian Authorities).

It comes as five further deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health. There have also been 1,071 new confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

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