Army Drafted in to help with Covid Response in Tier 3 Areas

The British Army has been drafted in to help with Covid Response in Tier 3 Areas to combat a second peak of infections.

Army personnel are being drafted in to help with the response to Covid-19 in Tier 3 areas, following a new wave of requests for the military to assist with the “national effort” to combat a second peak of infections.

It is understood that at least five Army and Navy environmental health officers trained in ‘outbreak management’ were deployed in Liverpool on Friday. They have been tasked with identifying clusters of local infections, helping control outbreaks and taking action against businesses failing to comply with the Covid-19 rules. It is understood that further teams will also be moved into other high-risk areas within the coming weeks.

As of Friday, the military was carrying out 32 tasks under the official military aid to the civil authorities (Maca) mechanism allowing the Government and local authorities to formally request assistance from the Armed Forces. The move comes after the UK recorded 23,012 new infections and 174 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

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