September 17, 2021

Waterford TD calls for ‘rolling testing’ after surge in Covid cases in some counties

A Waterford TD has called for “rolling testing” in the wake of the worrying spike in Covid-19 cases.

Sinn Féin health spokesperson David Cullinane said the significant rise in diagnosed coronavorus cases is linked to the increase in testing.

Deputy Cullinane said: “This shows the importance of rapid testing. Rapid testing must then be followed by quick action, to reduce risk of further spread.

“I am deeply concerned about how poor oversight of the meat factory industry so far appears to have contributed to this spike. For months now, concerns about meat factories have been raised time and time again yet these warnings appear to have gone unheeded by the Government.

“I am concerned about the lack of rolling testing and a failure to introduce more robust preventative action when it was needed. We need to see rolling testing take place as a priority.”

The Waterford poll-topper again urged people to continue to be vigilant and to follow all public health guidelines to protect themselves and their communities.

He added: “The Government needs to get a grip on this issue and ensure meat factories do not lead to further clusters.”

The number of Covid cases in Waterford remains at just 166, the lowest level per captia in the entire country.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and 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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