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Wexford the most tested county in the South-East

Wexford the most tested county in the South-East

Wexford is the county that has administered the highest number of COVID PCR tests.

That's according to the HSE, who say over half a million people have now been swabbed in the South-East across its five centres.

The Executive say that 22,555 people received a PCR test in the South-East in the first nine days of the new year.

Thatโ€™s almost exactly a quarter of the entire figure in 2020, which saw 89,081 people pass through the five centres of the South-East.

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Add that to the 526,000 that tested in 2021, including on Christmas Day, it shows just how much of a strain the last year has put on services.

The highest number tested so far is at the Whitemills Industrial Park in Wexford, where over 130,000 people were swabbed, with the HSE saying it has โ€˜vastly increasedโ€™ its testing capacity from 100,000 to 300,000 tests a week.

129,121 have been tested in Waterofrd, and 103,555 in Kilkenny.

89,035 people have been tested at Moyle Rovers GAA in Clonmel, while St Dympnaโ€™s Hospital saw the lowest amount of tests administered, with 73,806 since the 24th March 2020.

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However, with many still waiting days to get tested, and new isolation laws being relaxed at cabinet, how much higher this figure could have been remains to be seen.

Taoiseach Micheรกl Martin has also spoken about the need for those who haven't contracted the intensely spreadable Omicron variant to get bolstered as soon as possible.

It's as 10 million Covid vaccines have now been administered in Ireland, including almost two and a half million booster doses.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid says it's "hugely reduced" the impact of the Omicron variant.

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"It does, without question, help to prevent you from getting sick, admitted to hospital, and in particular to ICUs" said the Taoiseach this morning.

"It's very important that people who have not got the booster get the booster, and those who have not got their primary doses get their primary doses.

"Because we've seen what that has enabled us to do as a society, to protect us against COVID."

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