Cover image: A soldier arrives at Pontins in Southport ahead of the start of mass COVID-19 testing in Liverpool (Picture: PA).
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COVID: Troops Stationed At Holiday Park Ahead Of Liverpool Testing Pilot

Army and police vehicles were also seen arriving at the holiday park in Southport which is usually a family holiday destination.

Cover image: A soldier arrives at Pontins in Southport ahead of the start of mass COVID-19 testing in Liverpool (Picture: PA).

British personnel have been stationed at a Merseyside holiday park ahead of a mass coronavirus testing pilot in Liverpool.

Ben Wallace said earlier this week that as many as 3,000 Armed Forces servicemen and women are supporting the initiative.

From Friday, anyone living or working in the city, which has a population of almost 500,000, can be tested regularly, even if they have no symptoms.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the approach "has the potential to be a powerful new weapon in our fight against COVID-19".

Coaches carrying military personnel arrived at Pontins Southport Holiday Park in Sefton on Thursday, where the entrance is manned by soldiers.

Army and police vehicles were also seen arriving at the site, which is usually a holiday destination for families staying at the seaside resort.

Picture: PA.

Soldiers will support the mass testing through planning logistics and delivering the rapid turnaround lateral flow testing element of the programme.

Personnel will work alongside NHS Test and Trace and commercial partners.

On Monday, when the initiative was announced, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "The military are uniquely placed to help with the fight against COVID-19 and remain ready to support with the mass testing initiative in Liverpool along with the additional needs of the country at this time."

WATCH: Speaking earlier this the week, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace explained the military's role in Liverpool.

The programme aims to identify asymptomatic cases to try to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community.

Testing will be carried out in new and existing sites across Liverpool, including in hospitals, care home settings, schools, universities, workplaces and using at-home kits.

Cover image: A soldier arrives at Pontins in Southport ahead of the start of mass COVID-19 testing in Liverpool (Picture: PA).