The Government’s response to rising Covid-19 cases will dominate today’s Cabinet meeting, as subsidising antigen tests will be discussed.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will seek Government approval to subsidise the rapid tests for the general population.
Ministers are set to approve the subsidies, which will see antigen tests being available for under €5.
The Government will approve the measure despite the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan expressing concern with making the tests widely available.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will also give an update on the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in the country.
However, no further restrictions are understood to be implemented.
IMAGE – “Negative Covid-19 test” by Marco Verch (CCBY2.0)/Stephen Donnelly