One of the country’s leading labs, which is used to process corona virus tests, said it could not operate for the next two weekends due to “unavoidable staff shortages.”
A statement from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) website said that Kovid-19 tests could not be processed during the bank holiday weekend, which ends on Monday.
The notice states that the lab will be closed next Saturday and Sunday, October 31st and November 1st.
The University College Dublin (UCD) lab’s two-weekend suspension of testing was the result of an “unavoidable staff shortage,” the statement said.
In a notice posted on Thursday, he said, “I apologize for the late notification, which may have caused some inconvenience.”
NASA’s private facility is expected to be able to make up for the shortfall in testing capacity since the UCD lab closed two weekends, health sources said.
More than 40 laboratories have the capacity to test for the corona virus between UCD Lab, Acute Hospitals, Enfer and the Department of Agriculture.
The government’s Kovid-19 online data hub has processed 116,606 tests in the last seven days, including 17,746 tests in the last 24 hours.
NVRL Director Dr. Cilian de Gasqun told The Irish Times that the lab processed an average of 700 to 1,000 tests a day. Over the weekend the number was usually low, with 600 to 700 being processed per day, he said.
Cases among officers
Dr. who is on the National Public Health Emergency Team. De Gascon told RTE’s News at One earlier this week that there had been regular confirmation of corona virus cases among lab staff.
“From March this year we would be split into two teams, so when we identified the cases earlier this week, we would take the affected team out of the lab and bring the alternative team back,” he said.
“In short, with the team affected by the movement control for the next 14 days, we really felt like we could give our current team a week of service, reclaim the opportunity and allow some time.
Suspension of testing is “not ideal”, but this deficiency will be addressed by Enfer and Acute Hospital Labs.
“Demand is declining to a certain extent on Saturdays and Sundays, so he decided it was the best time to give employees a little rest on a regular basis who do not have to work for two weeks.
“It is important to note that we have agreed with HSE to ensure that the test capacity is not affected within the relevant time frame,” Dr. de Gascon said.
Notice from UCD based laboratory read by TD Richard Boyd Barrett. This is the government’s failure to recruit enough people to increase the test capacity to the required level to deal with Kovid-19.
“Similarly, if the infection rate is rebellious, we have a very important amount to find in close relationships.
“People who fail to do that are responsible for what we are in now.”
Louis O’Reilly of Sinn Fin said he was “very upset” when he learned that the laboratory could not process Kyle’s.
They asked if Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was aware of the NVRL notification and the steps taken to ensure the processing of the tests.
Miss O’Reilly said, “We have already seen the findings, but testing is necessary.”
She added: “I would like to ask what efforts have been made to address short-term staffing, although I think they are short-lived staff at the National Virus Reference Laboratory, I would like to know what they are doing to ensure that the problem is resolved and that staff is available. ”