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HSE to open eight more temporary walk-in test centres for COVID-19

DUBLIN: HSE plans to open eight more walk-in test centers for COVID-19 over the next week.

The walk-in centers are open to anyone 16 and older who is asymptomatic and lives near a test centre. The HSE also said that only those who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous six months should attend.

Two of the new centers are in Donegal, which has the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in the country. Yesterday, two new test centers opened in Wexford and Cavan.

The new test centres are located in:

● Whitemills Industrial Estate, Wexford, Y35 VK59

● Cavan Swimming Poll and Leisure Complex, Drumalee, Cavan, H12 Y9W4

● Donegal GAA Centre of Excellence, Milltown, Convoy, Donegal, F93 DK4C

● Ardee walk-in test centre, St Bridget’s Campus, Kells Road, Ardee, Louth, A92 DRN0

● Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Dublin 24, D24 FNK6

● St Fintan’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Laois, R32 YFW6

● Unit 10A Mastertech Business Park, Longford, N39 K535

● GAA Club, Carndonagh, Donegal F93 EF65

Details of all open walk-in test centres are available on the HSE website: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html

Those who want to be tested at one of the walk-in centers do not need to make an appointment. But they must carry a photo ID and provide a phone number so that they can be contacted with the result.

HSE said other such testing centers that have been open for the past few weeks have been successful.

National Lead for Testing and Tracing Niamh O’Beirne said: “We continue to urge people in those communities where walk-in testing is available to go and get a test and help contain the spread of COVID-19.”

Four deaths, 434 new cases

The department of health has confirmed four further death and 434 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland yesterday.

A total of 251,908 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country so far, with 4,910 virus-related deaths.

Of the cases notified yesterday, 221 are men and 212 are women. 80% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 31 years old.

As of yesterday morning, 126 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 34 were in ICU.

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