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180 Covid-19 Cases In Students And Parents Since Schools Reopened

The head of the HSE says there have been 180 cases of Covid 19 among children and parents since scho...
Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

11:11 AM - 29 Sep 2020



180 Covid-19 Cases In Students...

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180 Covid-19 Cases In Students And Parents Since Schools Reopened

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

11:11 AM - 29 Sep 2020



The head of the HSE says there have been 180 cases of Covid 19 among children and parents since schools re-opened.

Over 4,000 children and school staff have been tested to date, and 11 outbreaks have been confirmed.

Paul Reid says it's something the HSE is putting a "huge focus" on.

He's told the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee there's been a rise in the positivity rate among schoolchildren being tested:

"In the first week the schools were back, we had about 17% of our total testing for that week was conducted in young children, in the 0-10 age group.

"In the second week, it was up to 36%. The positivity rate, thankfully, was 1.4% in the first week. It fell back to around 0.5%, and it's about 1.9% at the moment. We are watching that very closely."



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