Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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677. To ask the Minister for Health the number of patients who have contacted their general practitioners or medical centre or primary care centre or a hospital expressing a concern that they may have Covid-19 symptoms and did not receive a test for the virus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5765/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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As this is an operational matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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678. To ask the Minister for Health his views regarding all members of the public wearing face masks when they are out in public and whether or not home-made face masks would be beneficial in circumstances in which such face masks cannot be purchased by members of the public during the Covid-19 crisis; his further views on whether this should be mandatory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5770/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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On 15 May the Government published guidance on face coverings as part of its actions under Phase 1 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business.The guidance is available here.: . Guidance from the HSE is also available here:

Under the guidance it is recommended that everyone wear a face covering in situations where it is difficult to practice social distancing, for example in shops or on busy public transport. Advice in relation to home-made face coverings is also provided.

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