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PCR tests for everyone within day or two ‘impossible’ – Glynn

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said it is impossible to ramp up Covid-19 testing to the scale that would be required to test everyone in a day or two.

However, he said he fully appreciates the frustrations people are feeling around the lack of availability of PCR test.

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Glynn said between 500,000 and 700,000 people last week had cold or flu-like symptoms in Ireland.

He then said there was “no testing system in the world that can ramp up testing to 20% of its population in a week-on-week basis”.

His comments come as the HSE’s online portal shows there are no Covid-19 PCR tests available in 21 counties this evening.

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These include Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow, Kerry, Laois, Louth and Leitrim.

IMAGE – Twitter/ronan_glynn

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