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High-wire act as HSE scales down Covid service while summer wave looms

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Erica Murphy, one of the staff who takes samples for Covid from truck drivers at the test centre at Dublin Airport. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Erica Murphy, one of the staff who takes samples for Covid from truck drivers at the test centre at Dublin Airport. Photo: Gerry Mooney

COVID-19 PCR tes

COVID-19 PCR tes

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Erica Murphy, one of the staff who takes samples for Covid from truck drivers at the test centre at Dublin Airport. Photo: Gerry Mooney

It has the ring of endgame about it. The HSE says it is scaling down its Covid-19 tracing teams and planning to curtail free PCR tests further in the coming months. At the same time, Ireland seems to be entering another Covid-19 summer wave.

How to “live with Covid”, when the pandemic is not over, is a high-wire act that Ireland and the rest of Europe is facing.


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