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‘We want to encourage people to utilise antigen tests more frequently’ – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government wants to encourage people to utilise antigen tests more frequently as a tool to deal with Covid-19.

The Government is currently looking at subsidising the cost of antigen tests to make them more available and accessible to the people.

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However, the Taoiseach said the Government does not intend to provide them at no cost.

“We don’t envisage tests being made free in a general sense,” he said.

Antigen tests were made freely available to the English population from April, though there has been concerns raised about the performance of the test.

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will bring a proposal to Cabinet this week, outlining the parameters and costs of subsidising the rapid tests for the Irish public.

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