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# pcr test

Last year
2022
# Covid-19
Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June
To date, almost €230 million has been paid under this scheme, supporting over 374,500 people.
# antigen test
People will be able to register their positive antigen test on the HSE website from tomorrow
People will be able to upload their close contacts through the online system.
All time
# Covid-19
PCR testing facilities to operate on Christmas Day and St Stephens' Day
Ireland has the third highest uptake of booster vaccines in the EU.
# Travel
New travel test rules take effect for inbound passengers to Ireland
Ireland is exempt from further rules on testing announced yesterday for people travelling to the UK.
# 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'
# Covid-19
Less invasive saliva PCR test 'almost as accurate' as nose/throat swab
In a new Irish study 94% of the positive nose/throat samples also tested positive for Covid-19 via the saliva test.
# summer reopening
UK health secretary Sajid Javid self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19
It comes two days before the government goes ahead with the final lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.
# Travel
NPHET supports study on antigen testing in aviation sector - but tests shouldn't be 'green light' for activities
Officials said there is currently no reliable evidence to support the widescale roll-out of these tests in this sector.
# RULES BREACH
US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations
The US crew stayed in a Limerick hotel overnight, leaving to buy food at one point, before flying on to the US the following day.
# mandatory quarantine
Govt looking at mandatory quarantine for arrivals without a PCR test and from 'high risk' areas
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also spoken about a potential ‘two island’ solution with the UK.
# international travel
All passengers arriving into Ireland must have a negative PCR test from today
Here’s what you need to know about the new rules.
# international travel
Cabinet signs off on all passengers requiring negative PCR test result prior to arrival in Ireland
The new measures will kick in on Saturday.
# 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.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true
The video, which has attracted hundreds of shares and likes on Facebook, makes a number of claims about PCR testing.
# pcr test
Dublin Airport test centre expecting rise in Christmas demand as people get tested before visiting loved ones
The test centre at Dublin Airport is open to anyone who wishes to take a test.