Private testing providers warn of lack of capacity for Christmas returnees

A private provider of Covid-19 testing is warning the capacity doesn’t exist to test tens of thousands of people arriving home for Christmas.

The Government announced new travel rules for red listed European countries yesterday.

From midnight on November 29th, people will be allowed to move freely once they pass a Covid-19 test five days following their arrival.

Vida Care, which has a drive-through testing facility near Dublin Airport, says it will fail to private companies to carry out the tests.

CEO Conor Kelly says the Government has failed to assess how they’ll meet the surge in demand.

“IN order to get a test you have to be refereed by a GP, so it is for health reasons and not travel purposes.

“From this perspective, the Government did say they don’t want to impinge on the national capacity, so that essentially leaves it open to the private providers to fill the gap.

“We now reckon that’s going to be 240,000 coming through the airport, out of which is 50% were to be arrivals that’s 120,000”


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