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ONGOING CHALLENGE: Covid-19 testing at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

ONGOING CHALLENGE: Covid-19 testing at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

ONGOING CHALLENGE: Covid-19 testing at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

A leading cancer doctor has said testing of patients and healthcare workers will be key to returning to normal cancer treatments for patients.

Professor Peter O'Gorman said every surgical patient should be routinely tested for Covid-19 before being admitted to hospital.

"I think we are moving into the phase of asymptomatic testing. I think every surgical patient, whether day case or general anaesthetic, coming into the hospital will have to be shown to be Covid-negative within 24 to 48 hours before admission," he said.