A public health expert says the health service should be doing a hundred thousand Covid-19 tests a week as a matter of routine -- not as its absolute maximum.

Testing in high-risk workplaces was suspended this week after over 20-thousand people were referred by their GPs on Monday and Tuesday.

It comes as 196 more people tested positive for the virus -- 107 of them in Dublin alone.

There were also new cases in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

Anthony Staines, Professor of health systems at DCU says officials shouldn't be relying on medical scientists working overtime for 100-thousand tests a week.


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