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Antigen tests and contact tracing being considered for pupils as Covid-19 cases rise

Antigen testing and contact tracing are both being considered as pressure mounts to keep schools open.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said yesterday that children who are in a pod at school may be sent an antigen test if someone in their group tests positive for the virus.

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However, Varadkar said he does not want to see a return to children being required to stay at home for 10 days if they are close contacts.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is also considering a return to contact tracing.

“If one kid gets infected, then it might make sense to test all the kids in the pod as well, using rapid tests,” Varadkar said.

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“What we don’t want to go back to is children being excluded from school for 10 days because that was very disruptive and larger than necessary because the vast majority of them didn’t have Covid,” he continued.

Cases among children in schools have been rising in recent weeks.

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