From left: Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd; Testing centre at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 in May
People are afraid.
Let’s make them more afraid.
More than 1,300 people have refused a Covid-19 test despite being at risk of the deadly disease after being in close contact with an infected person.
The startling figure showing 1,314 have snubbed the offer of a test was revealed by the HSE to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response.
Dr Lorraine Doherty, HSE national clinical director for health protection, said they are concerned about people not turning up for tests.
She said: “It shows that the public are becoming disengaged with the idea of having a Covid-19 test if they are symptomatic or if they are a contact, because they understand the implications of having a test and that they would need to restrict their movements.”
…Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said: “The gardaí may need to call to people’s doors if they refuse to come for a Covid-19 test.”