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# false positives
Some Genrui antigen tests recalled from shelves over false positives
Genrui Biotech Inc, who manufacture the tests, have issued a product recall for the impacted batches.
# latest figures
Some government optimism about Covid-19 situation as decision over restrictions imminent
An additional 17,065 cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland today.
# Covid-19
Isolation rules for close contacts are being relaxed from today — here's a look at the changes
The new, more relaxed regime is being put in place largely to alleviate staffing issues across the economy.
# ce mark
EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives
Irish retailers have taken the at-home Covid-19 test kits off the shelves.
# antigen tests
New system to register positive antigen tests will be ready next week, says HSE CEO
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid also said that there are strong supplies of antigen tests for January and February.
# Covid-19
Genrui antigen tests: HPRA and company to investigate after multiple reports of false positives
The at-home antigen test kits are sold in a number of shops and pharmacies in Ireland.
The HPRA has received a number of complaints about the Genrui antigen tests, Órla Ryan reports
The at-home antigen tests are sold in a number of shops and pharmacies in Ireland
Genrui said it will continue to work "with local agents and partners" to resolve the issue
Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
Free antigen tests for symptomatic under-40s can now be ordered online
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# Explainer
New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you use an antigen test today?
Some people are planning gatherings to ring in 2022.
# Travel
All arrivals into Ireland will be advised to take antigen tests for five days
The Taoiseach announced the measure in an address to the nation this evening.
# Childcare
Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow
Tests will be available to children aged four and over and staff in a pod where there’s a confirmed Covid case.
# Covid-19
Luke O'Neill praises 'power of antigen testing' as he's diagnosed with Covid-19
The immunologist said that the test showed he had the virus “within a second” of taking it.
# awaiting result
What's behind the delay in announcing a plan for subsidised antigen testing?
Taoiseach Micheál Martin would not pin down a date for when a decision on the scheme will be made.
# covid19
Survey shows 45% of people have cancelled social events between now and Christmas
Public health officials have advised against major socialisation events such as Christmas parties.
# Testing
Antigen tests are being used 'widely but not properly', says chief medical officer
Dr Tony Holohan cautioned that people with Covid-19 symptoms should receive a PCR test instead of relying on antigen testing.
# Explainer
What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?
A shift in how Covid-19 cases in schools are being dealt with has taken place this week – so how bad is transmission?
# Your Say
Poll: Should antigen tests be provided for free to the wider public?
While one antigen test can cost less than €10, a pack of five can cost up to €30.
# antigen tests
Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced
The tests will be offered to close contacts in the same pod at first, and expanded if necessary.
# antigen tests
Parties to pay for politicians' antigen tests while Oireachtas staff to get tests for free
The Oireachtas says antigen tests will not be free to TDs and Senators.
# antigen tests
Antigen tests will be free for schools and close contacts, but not the wider public
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that antigen tests may be subsidised, but not completely paid for, by the State.
# close contacts
Household close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases now must restrict movements for 5 days
The measures are effective immediately.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you take a weekly Covid-19 antigen test if the government subsidised the price?
It’s understood the government is looking to subsidise the cost of the tests.
# get tested
NPHET advises twice weekly antigen tests for those going to bars and other 'high risk' activities
The HSE has recently begun sending antigen tests to people who are listed as close contacts.
# antigen tests
INTO calls for 'political leadership' on bringing in antigen tests to primary schools
“Time is of the essence and we simply can’t afford any additional delays,” said INTO General Secretary John Boyle
# rapid testing
Antigen tests should be free to members of the public, says Mary Lou McDonald
The Journal reported this morning that the Irish Pharmacy Union and the HSE have entered preliminary talks about the distribution of antigen tests to the wider public.
# rapid tests
Covid close contacts are receiving antigen tests in the post today – here's how it will work
The system is for people who are both fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms of Covid.
Antigen test kits are arriving in post boxes around the country today.
The system is for people who are both fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms of Covid.
The Government is considering a wider roll out of the testing method, writes Céimin Burke.
# rapid tests
Varadkar: Antigen tests may be sent to schools to test close contacts of pupils
The Taoiseach aims to roll out rapid tests more generally, he says.
Varadkar said that rapid tests could be given to children in a school pod where there has been a confirmed case.
Five rapid tests will be sent in the post to close contacts from today.
The Tánaiste says he anticipates primary school children being offered the vaccine in the coming months.
Booster vaccine programme for over-60s to begin next week
CMO: Sending symptomatic children to school based on antigen test results 'very concerning'
# rapid testing
State could buy 500,000 antigen tests per week as Govt told rapid testing may play 'important role'
Ireland is understood to have two million rapid tests in stock.
# antigen tests
Government to send antigen tests to fully vaccinated close contacts
Antigen tests – or ‘lateral flow’ tests – can give a result within 10-15 minutes, but are not as accurate as PCR tests.
# Covid-19
HIQA does NOT recommended more widespread use of antigen tests to replace existing measures
HIQA says that antigen tests may have a role ‘in certain circumstances’
# in the club
Trial nightclub event expected to have crowd capacity of 60%
Attendees will be expected to produce a negative anitgen test before the event.
# College
Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses
Testing will involve volunteers providing saliva samples twice weekly.
# covid19
Festivals, football and foreign travel: how successful have large-scale test events been in Europe?
There have been mixed results since mass gatherings have returned on the continent.
Several pilot events across Europe have had encouraging results, Michelle Hennessy reports.
But the WHO is concerned in particular about how Euro 2020 socialising will impact on transmission.
'Number of options' to get indoor dining reopened under discussion
Supplies 'very limited' as pharmacies begin vaccinating 18-34 age group
# testing testing one two three
One positive Covid-19 antigen test at pilot festival but attendee later returns negative PCR test
Over 4,000 people were tested ahead of the event at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
# Testing
Dáil committee calls on Holohan to explain opposition to antigen tests
NPHET has objected to the use of the rapid tests among the general public.
# Testing
'A false reassurance': Health officials caution against widespread use of rapid antigen tests
Supermarket chain LIDL made headlines on Thursday when it announced it will stock rapid antigen testing kits in its stores.
# expert group report
Rapid testing 'could be deployed in all schools by September 2021'
Antigen testing is not yet recommended as a requirement to enter restaurants or other leisure activities.
# factfind
Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.
# rapid tests
Expert group reviewing if antigen tests can be used in schools and workplaces
The health minister said from this week, significant volumes of antigen tests are being deployed across healthcare settings.
# Coronavirus
Self-isolation after contact with a Covid-19 case could be cut to seven days – study
New research has suggested that people who test negative after seven days of quarantine are unlikely to be infectious.
# alternative testing
Ireland to get first allocation of antigen tests from European Commission early this year
A proposal has been made for antigen tests to be used in symptomatic patients within defined contexts.