What does Nphet know about antigen testing that the rest of the world doesn’t?

Many disagree with Nphet, among whom are the WHO and European Commission

‘We’re relying exclusively on slow and expensive lab-based PCR testing, instead of a test that costs about €6 in pharmacies [and] can be administered at home.’ Photograph: iStock

‘We’re relying exclusively on slow and expensive lab-based PCR testing, instead of a test that costs about €6 in pharmacies [and] can be administered at home.’ Photograph: iStock

Here we go again. The Covid case numbers are rising. The positivity rate is over 10 per cent. Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) is talking about knife edges, and the deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn is worrying about key indicators. On RTÉ Radio 1, Claire Byrne is asking if we can keep schools open. There is a nauseating sense of deja vu about it all, and a creeping suspicion that nobody quite knows why we’re back here.

Meanwhile, the rest of Europe – with lower vaccination rates and lower caseloads – is basking in relative normality.

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