Businesses call for immediate rollout of quick testing regime

Rapid test companies claim they can provide quick turnaround tests in pharmacies, schools, universities, nursing homes, workplaces and airports

8th November, 2020
Businesses call for immediate rollout of quick testing regime
Rapid test companies say they could match the government’s testing capacity within weeks, providing a private market for quick turnaround antigen tests to the public in pharmacies, schools, universities, nursing homes, workplaces and airports. Picture: Getty

Businesses providing rapid Covid-19 checks have called on the government to develop a nationwide testing regime ahead of the Christmas period even though medical experts remain unsure about the effectiveness of some of the tests.

The HSE currently has capacity for 140,000 laboratory PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests a week. These tests are the “gold standard” and are available to healthcare workers, patients presenting with symptoms and their close contacts within two days.

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