April 18, 2021

LATEST: 95 more cases of virus, new infections recorded in Waterford, 1,000 a day fail to turn up for Covid tests

There has been no new coronavirus related deaths but 95 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,777. There are now 29,206 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.

Waterford is among the counties where new infections have been recorded, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The latest cases were confirmed as the health authorities confirmed as many as 1,000 people a day are failing to turn up for their Covid tests.

Around 25% of people who have been scheduled for Covid-19 tests do not show up, according to the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

HSE chief executive Paul Reid also confirmed labs processed almost 62,000 tests across 46 labs last week. The average positivity rate was 1.3%.

Mr Reid also said serial testing in meat processing plants has started in Kildare, Offaly and Laois and will extend countrywide and will include other food plants.

At a briefing today, Mr Reid also urged people to give their correct details as a wrong phone number can mean they cannot get information out to people for results or for contact tracing.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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