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Dublin's Croke Park to be a 'drive-thru' coronavirus testing site

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Croke Park will  be used as a 'drive-thru' testing site for individuals suspected to have contracted Covid-19. (Ben Birchall/PA)

Croke Park will be used as a 'drive-thru' testing site for individuals suspected to have contracted Covid-19. (Ben Birchall/PA)

Croke Park will be used as a 'drive-thru' testing site for individuals suspected to have contracted Covid-19. (Ben Birchall/PA)

Croke Park will be used as a 'drive-thru' testing site for individuals suspected to have contracted Covid-19.

Irish authorities are looking for ways to help them keep pace with the escalating crisis and reduce risk for healthcare professionals. And it's believed the tunnel in the stadium provides a suitable venue for such testing.

While the details of the plan have yet to be fleshed out, it's understood that individuals requiring testing could drive through the stadium and be tested without ever leaving their car.

The service will be available by appointment only and no walk ups will be accepted.

Meanwhile, healthcare workers who attended the Cheltenham Festival will be monitored for the coronavirus for two weeks after returning to Ireland.

The guidance issued last night by the Irish health service insisted all staff who attended the four-day horse racing event in England should contact their local occupational health department before returning to work.

Belfast Telegraph