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INTO welcomes introduction of antigen testing in schools

The Department of Education has said the HSE is working on a plan to roll-out antigen testing for close contacts of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in schools.

A spokesperson for the department said: “The Minister for Health has requested that the HSE establish a programme of rapid antigen testing of close contacts in specific primary school settings, in response to the notification of Covid-19 cases”.

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“It will be guided by agreed thresholds or criteria informed by recently published ECDC guidance on the management of close contacts”.

The spokesperson said the HSE will now work to implement the programme as soon as possible.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has welcomed the decision to introduce antigen testing in primary schools.

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General Secretary of the INTO John Boyle said there is more than 6,000 primary school children absent from school due to the virus at present.

Boyle called for the roll-out of antigen tests to happen as soon as possible.

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