More military personnel have been deployed across the UK in the fight against the Coronavirus, including areas of the North West.
With almost 1,500 who have been sent to support testing sites across the country, bringing the total of the codenamed ‘Operation Rescript’, to over 5,000.
“The new year will see new levels of armed forces support to overcoming this pandemic,” said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
“Manchester is the latest of those tasks and will be an important contribution to protecting the highest risk groups as the city seeks to recover.
“As a North West MP, I am acutely aware of the considerable time many of us have been labouring under some form of lockdown and I hope our soldiers will help us get to the day when these restrictions will start to lift.”