‘The Gardaí May Need To Call To People’s Doors’


From left: Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd; Testing centre at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 in May

This morning.

People are afraid.

Let’s make them more afraid.

Via Independent.ie

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.”

Good times.

Covid tests refused as people fear quarantine restrictions (Independent.ie)


18 thoughts on “‘The Gardaí May Need To Call To People’s Doors’

  1. Janet, dreams of big guns

    my sister had one yesterday , she said it was less unpleasant than a non specialist GP rattling around in your fanny in the name of female health care.

  2. Joe Small

    Its a tricky one for a country like this that has an unobtrusive State and where citizen’s object even to a Public Services Card.

    Obviously its a public health issue and people with suspected infection should be tested. But even in a global pandemic we’re not really prepared to concede to much in the way of anything that smacks too much of the State forcing us to behave in a certain way.

    1. Cian

      The Health Act, 1947 has a number of sections regarding infectious diseases. These laws were passed to try to get rid of TB… but are applicable to Covid too. The legislation refers to people being “a probable source of infection with an infectious disease” so it depends on the interpretation of “probable source”.

      If you were in close contact with an infected person does that make you a “probable source”?

  3. SOQ

    Gardaí can call all they want but unless they have consent- it is an assault. And even then they would have to be trained in how to do the test which means the gardaí union would be looking for more money. LOL

    1. Hector Rameriz

      To be fair to the Gardai, they have been leaned on a lot during this pandemic. Checking travel, checking pubs

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        one stopped me on the way to do my folks shopping, I couldn’t understand a word he said with the accent,

    2. Cian

      I don’t think anyone is saying that the Gardaí need to perform the test.
      The Garda would be there to enforce the law.

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