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Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said Northern Ireland would be ideal for the next phase of the Government’s programme of large-scale Covid testing.

He asked the Government to consider the proposal at Prime Minister’s Questions today in the House of Commons.

Speaking afterwards the DUP’s Westminster leader said, “As well as the work ongoing towards roll-out of a vaccine, it is vital there are other strategies in place to help with the fight against Covid-19.

Ramping up our testing regime is something we have been highlighting for some time and the population testing initiative in Liverpool highlights the potential this can hold. Northern Ireland represents an ideal location for the next phase of this work to be rolled out.

It has also been confirmed that mass testing is to begin on Saturday in Merthyr Tydfil as efforts are being made there to drive down infection rates, with further areas proposed across England.

It is very important that Northern Ireland should be part of this national process and I would encourage the Executive to take forward the discussions promised by the Prime Minister and ensure that a mass testing programme is put in place as soon as possible.”