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Huge Response To Walk-In Covid-19 Test Centre

atest press release from Minister Stephen Donnelly, issued on Tuesday, 4th May 2021…

The Minister for Health has welcomed the huge response to the temporary walk-in test centre.

The facility, which was housed beside the permanent testing facility on the grounds of Newcastle Hospital tested 775 people over seven days.

Last Wednesday was the busiest day with 175 members of the public availing of the free service.

Results showed there was a positivity rate of just 6 per cent amongst the cases tested in Wicklow.

Minister Donnelly said: “The popularity of the walk-in test centres has been fantastic to see.

“What has been even more encouraging is the number of asymptomatic cases they are picking up.

“By running these centres we are able to go after COVID in the community so we can reduce the spread.

“I would like to thank the HSE and the National Ambulance Service for their help in operating the walk-in test centres.”

The Minister added: ‘We are now starting to win the fight against COVID as we had 211,000 vaccines administered in the past seven days.

“The aim for this week to reach between 220,000 and 240,000.

“The remarkable success of the vaccines does mean we can look forward to brighter days this summer but I would just ask people to continue to follow the public health guidelines to make sure we keep everyone safe.”