Ringsend waste water treatment

Ireland will start testing wastewater in order to track how Covid is spreading in local communities. The National SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) Wastewater Su(...)

Pop-up community Covid testing centre in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Transmission of the UK variant is now “widespread in Ireland” with 94 per cent of cases sequenced since the end of February found to be infected with (...)

The National Virus Reference Laboratory was last year paid €11.95 million for its central role in the testing regime, HSE figures show. Photograph: iStock

Enfer, the Tipperary diagnostics company controlled by businessman Louis Ronan, was last year paid €122.4 million to process Covid-19 tests. New figu(...)

Covid-19 probably arose in a horseshoe bat. But the biological and ecological steps it took to reach humans remain obscure. Photograph: Conor Kelleher

Two factors are increasingly worrying as the world desperately tries to control ever increasing spread of Covid-19: The first is the almost unbearable(...)

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One of the country’s main labs used to process coronavirus tests has said it will be unable to operate over the next two weekends, due to “unavoidable(...)

Rapid testing turnaround times, especially as people have to go for repeat tests over the winter, will become increasingly important. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

By Monday morning, GPs’ WhatsApp groups were buzzing with worrying signs of what would become apparent to the rest of the country the following evenin(...)

Finbarr Kenny: ‘What we can determine is whether someone has recently been infected with the virus and that has caused an immune response’

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Finbarr Kenny was always going to find himself at the coalface. As governments were thrashing about for answers(...)

Global shortages in supplies of reagent have left testing dramatically short of Government targets. Photograph: Getty Images

The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) has sourced a new supply of chemicals that will enable it increase coronavirus testing to as many as 10(...)

In a statement released to The Irish Times on Tuesday evening, the HSE said testing centres had performed ‘in excess of 2,000 tests across the country’ on Tuesday. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

The number of Covid-19 test results being produced at laboratories around the country is 1,500 per day as a significant shortfall in testing equipment(...)

Coronavirus testing: the goal is to increase capacity to 15,000 per day. On Sunday, the HSE said capacity was about 5,000 per day.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive could not run a full Covid-19 testing programme for the second day in a row on Monday due to equipment shortages, it has (...)

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