The Last Post: Collapse of test and trace is only latest failure of stretched HSE

The HSE has form when it comes to not doing what it is supposed to, and not communicating well about it

25th October, 2020
The Last Post: Collapse of test and trace is only latest failure of stretched HSE
A large number of Covid cases overwhelmed the HSE’s contact tracing process Picture: RollingNews.ie

The HSE’s double debacle on testing and tracing Covid-19, while shocking, is not surprising.

To recap: last weekend the contact tracing system was effectively abandoned for three days as it could not cope with the workload. Up to 2,500 people with positive tests were told to get in touch with their own contacts to warn them that they should self-isolate and organise their own test.

In addition, the HSE decided not to tell the...

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