16/03/2020

People Urged Not To Call 999 Over Covid-19 Testing

People who suspect they might need a test for Covid-19 are being urged to not call 999 or 112 as these emergency services must be used "for the work they do".

Making the call, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that anyone with suspected symptoms should contact their GP, who will arrange a test if they believe it to be necessary.

According to reports, the HSE's chief operations officer has also warned that people turning up at testing centres without an appointment "will not be tested".

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Anne O'Connor, called on people to be "patient with healthcare teams" as they continue to process testing requests.

(MH/CM)

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