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HSE to intensify COVID-19 testing; several walk-in test centres will open across Ireland in coming days

DUBLIN: The Health and Safety Executive is preparing to intensify COVID-19 testing in Ireland. HSE plans to open several walk-in COVID-19 test centers in the coming days across the country.

HSE says the opening of the new centers is part of a sustained effort to actively identify virus cases.

Non-appointment, asymptomatic walk-in centers will open in places where the number of positive cases is particularly high at the moment.

Test centers will open today in Dublin and Meath, and on Friday in Kildare and Galway. The testing centers will be available from 11 am to 7 pm.

The opening of these new temporary testing centers replaces the five pop-up testing centers that opened last week in Dublin and Offaly. Those pop-up centres were closed yesterday evening.

The walk-in centers are open to anyone over the age of 16, who is asymptomatic and lives within 5 kilometers of a test center. The HSE also said that only those who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last six months should attend.

The HSE advised people with symptoms to directly contact their GP instead of visiting testing centers.

The following locations will have walk-in testing units available:

Today (April 1)

City of Dublin Education and Training Board, Coláiste Eoin, Cappagh Road, Dublin 11, D11 AY65 (for seven days)

Quay Street Car Park, Quay Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, K32KD57 (for seven days)

Navan O’Mahonys GAA Club, Paddy O’Brien Park, Brews Hill, Dillonsland, Navan, Co Meath, C15 V383 (for five days)

Tomorrow (April 2)

Naas Racecourse, Tipper Road, Tipper West, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 ED00 (for five days)

Crumlin GAA, Club House, Lorcan O’ Toole Park, Park Crescent, Crumlin, D12 NX33 (for seven days)

Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Brawny Road, Curragh, Athlone, Co Westmeath N37 W3W0 (for five days)

Town Hall/Library Car Park, Ballinasloe, H53 F2K3 (for three days)

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