Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Róisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
I thank the Minister for those answers. I also asked him about the mechanism for identifying those groups and responding, and that is an important point. If we look back over the past week, for example, there were about 86 new cases the other night. If that was based on a positive rate of 3% or less, that means that fewer than 3,000 tests were performed. The numbers are getting very low now, so there should be vast capacity. There should not be any reason for not ensuring there is full testing and repeat testing in those high-risk settings. I find it hard to understand why we are not using that capacity. We are only using a fraction of the capacity for which we have been waiting for several weeks. The capacity is there but there seems to be a problem availing of it. That does not make sense.