Dáil debates

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions


12:10 pm

Verona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The Tánaiste says that we need not blame anyone. I am not blaming anyone. I am pointing out an ineffective system of contact tracing. I am inundated with calls locally. I will give one serious call as an example. It is the most harrowing one I have heard to date. It is about a young man, a GAA player, who tested positive but had not actually been contact traced for six days. His girlfriend, with whom he lives, works in a nursing home. That nursing home is now infected. It took six days to contact trace someone who had played GAA and did all the right things. He simply played GAA and became infected. Unfortunately, six days later his girlfriend had not been contact traced to him and she had been working in the nursing home. There is no point in testing. We have 100,000 per week being tested. The Tánaiste says 1,000 per days are being contacted. We had 60 cases in Wexford on Tuesday. We would need at least 310 people contact traced immediately. If we need 310 people traced in Wexford and the Tánaiste says there is only 1,000 per day, that means the system is inefficient and totally ineffective. That is why we are at level 4 and, most likely, going to level 5. I am asking the Tánaiste to put an effective contact tracing system in place to go with the testing.


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