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HIQA announce ‘uncertainty’ on effectiveness of rapid antigen testing as 1,154 new cases confirmed

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THE HEALTH watchdog has announced their “uncertainty” on the effectiveness of rapid antigen testing and does not recommend them for widespread use.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) today said they do not believe antigen testing will limit the transmission of Covid.

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Antigen tests are cheaper and faster than the standard PCR tests for detecting Covid-19 BUT HIQA does not recommend them
71 Covid-19 patients are admitted to Irish ICUs

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71 Covid-19 patients are admitted to Irish ICUsCredit: Alamy

Antigen tests are bothcheaper and faster than the standard PCR tests for detecting Covid-19, but Irish public health officials have repeatedly questioned their accuracy and utility in the pandemic.

HIQA’s Chief Scientist, Dr Conor Teljeur, said: “Based on the current…



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