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:

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 (...)

The aim is  to vary the method of  testing done at each centre, so the system doesn’t become overdependent on one type of kit, which can cause delays.  Photograph: David Hecker/ Getty Images

Widespread testing for coronavirus is among the key pillars of the Government’s plan to slow the spread of the pandemic in Ireland. With a backlog of(...)

A  medical worker at a drive-through  clinic to check for coronavirus infections in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

How many people have been tested? By Monday, March 2nd, 397 people had been tested. By the following Monday (March 9th) a total of 1,784 people (...)