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Expert View: 'We need to throw a fire blanket on Covid now - six weeks of Level 5 won't be enough'


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The concerned families living in the Meath village of Ratoath couldn't wait any longer for the HSE.

They knew they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19 and as they anxiously waited for a call from public health, option B became more and more attractive.

One by one they called a private testing company and, for a princely sum, a paramedic arrived at their homes and tested everyone. The results came back within a few days; some were negative, others were not.