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Calls For More Walk-In Test Centres In Donegal Amid Coronavirus Spike

The Health Minister has been asked to consider more walk-in COVID-19 test centres for Donegal amid a...


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Calls For More Walk-In Test Centres In Donegal Amid Coronavirus Spike


The Health Minister has been asked to consider more walk-in COVID-19 test centres for Donegal amid a spike in virus rates in the county.

It comes as Stephen Donnelly held a meeting with health officials and local politicians to discuss extra supports for the county.

The Minister said the meeting was "very positive".

Donegal has the highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in the country, and the Chief Medical Officer had raised concerns about people not following the rules.

Dr Tony Holohan on Friday said even "the dogs on the street" know some people in the county aren't complying with the guidelines.

Fine Gael TD for Donegal, Joe McHugh, said extra walk-in centres were among the possibilities raised at last night's meeting.

Deputy McHugh said Dr Holohan's comments on Friday "landed badly" among many people in Donegal.

However, he observed: “In fairness, Tony Holohan... wanted to get the message to Donegal. He’s concerned, and his team is concerned."

Deputy McHugh said he is happy with how yesterday evening's meeting went - but there's now a need to ensure any extra supports happen "really, really quickly" in order to turn the situation in Donegal around.

The prospect of trialling rapid antigen testing in one of the county's larger secondary schools was another idea put forward at yesterday's meeting.

Main image: File photo of a walk-in test centre. Picture by: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images


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