High level of asymptomatic Covid cases in Dublin hot spot ‘a worry’

The HSE director of public health covering west Dublin has said the high rate of asymptomatic cases detected in the Covid-19 hot spot from walk-in testing was a “worry” but not surprising.

The rate of positivity among people who turned up for testing at the HSE’s walk-in centre in Blanchardstown, one of five in operation in Dublin and Offaly, stands at 4.3 per cent on confirmed results from tests carried out last Thursday and Friday.

This is significantly higher than the frequent testing carried out in nursing homes, meat plants and mental health and disability facilities to identify hidden cases of the virus.

“We were concerned that we had high positivity rates in certain pockets and we are not surprised we have picked it up but it is a worry,” said

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