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Simon Harris Defends Delays On Testing For Covid-19

The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will meet today to discuss the impact of the major restrictions introduced last Friday.

The death toll due to the virus in the Republic has gone up to 85.
14 further patients have died from the virus, while an additional 212 cases have been confirmed.
It brings the number of confirmed cases to 3,447.
Deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn admits more testing would uncover more cases.

Meanwhile the Health Minister, Simon Harris has responded to criticism over delays in providing  quicker test results for suspected Covid-19 patients.
Only 1,500 tests are being carried out here daily, much less than the 15,000 a day promised.
People are being forced to wait up to ten days for a result because of a lack of swabs, testing centres and labs.
But Minister Harris says big progress has been made over the past days.

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