The public has not been instructed to conduct a DIY home inspection for Govt-19, the health department has warned.
pproved Quick antigen tests can be purchased at Little Supermarkets from today.
Tests, five pack € 25, can be used to see if people at home, work or other settings have the virus and get quick results.
However, A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “Rapid antigen testing for Govt-19 is not currently recommended for use by the general public.”.
Supermarket tests are cheaper than online offers, costing 50 Number of tests.
In the test a person takes a cloth from the nose and gets the result in 15 minutes. However, It is not as reliable as the PCR test offered at HSE-run centers, and is free for people with symptoms.
HSE operates several walking test centers across the country, including Donegal and Dublin, where those without symptoms can receive a free PCR test.
Little yesterday said it would limit purchases to five packages per customer and is currently offering free antigen testing to its own employees.
Chief Executive J.P. Scaley said: “As the country begins to reopen, they are happy to add our mood to ours.. ”
The Department of Health is now following the recommendations of the expert panel on antigen testing, with the majority arguing that it should be widely used in areas such as business, university and agriculture.
There are many pilots going on, and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the tests have a key role to play, but the public needs to know about what The implications of measuring them and getting the wrong result.
Eight more cowboy-related deaths between the ages of 57 and 97 were reported yesterday 393 new cases were detected.
But with about 30 percent of the population vaccinated, the country could begin to “plan our summer”, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said.
The number of people suffering from Govt-19 infection at the hospital continued to drop to 131 yesterday, with 36 people in intensive care. However, 16 people were admitted in the previous period 24 hours.
Yesterday’s cases were 173 in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 34 in Gilder and 26 in Donegal. And 15 in the rest, the remaining 103 spread over the other 20 districts.
Dr. Holohan said: “We all want the easing of controls next week to be a significant turning point in this epidemic. We have worked very hard to reduce the spread of this disease. It’s also time to start planning our summer.
The choices we make now are the most important to reduce the Govt-19 event in May and June. Prioritize being outside and avoid crowds. Be aware of the symptoms – self-isolate immediately and your GP if you have one. By protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone you know from infection. ”
HSE President Paul Reid issued a specific warning to Leave Cert students yesterday-An together.
They may not be able to sit for the exam if the virus comes, he said.
The average positive rate of the virus is now about 2.7 PC.
However, at a walking test center in Castileria in Roscommon it was up to 7 pc.
It is 4.5 BC at a test center in Letterkenny, Donegal, and is highly monitored in some parts of the county.
There has not been a new outbreak in a nursing home for three weeks.
Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Medical Officer of HSE, said it was a 14-day event for 100,000 viruses It is currently 115, up from 1,492 in January.
He said the national policy now is to allow partners to attend a 20-week scan with a pregnant womanWill be allowed to stay at one birth.
All maternity hospitals and clinics have been contacted regarding the easing of the rules.
Ann O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of HSE, said hospitals in A & Ss see a high level of attendance, which is comparable to the height of the flu season.
The attendance of more than 75 was particularly high, he told HSE’s weekly conference.