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Almost 200,000 PCR tests given in last seven days

In the past week, there have been over 200,000 PCR tests given with HSE chief Paul Reid urging those who are asymptomatic to book a test via the HSE’s website.

While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Reid stated, “If I just look at from midnight last night for the last seven days, we’ve now lab-tested 199,250 tests” while adding, “For the last seven days, 82% of people who wanted a swab got it in less than 24 hours.”

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Reid said that a “significant proportion” of those coming forward now are symptomatic and he has advised people to continue checking the booking website throughout the day as some appointments are freed up.

He said that the levels of testing are something that nobody could forecast or see and that they have “scaled up” to meet the “significant demand”.

To deal with the demand, Reid said that there are more pop-up centres from the National Ambulance Service and that they are also looking for other providers.

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