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Coronavirus testing and equipment delay issues hit Republic of Ireland

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. (Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. (Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. (Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his government is running into difficulties securing Covid-19 tests and equipment and that there will be delays.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Mr Varadkar said the Republic was "in the top tier of countries in the world when it comes to number of tests we're doing".

"But we are running into difficulties and we need to be honest with people and frank about that," he said. "There is a global shortage to testing kits, there's a shortage of reagents, and we also need the laboratory capacity."

Meanwhile, 14 more people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the death toll to 85. A further 212 cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday, bringing the total to 3,447.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said it is too early to draw any firm conclusions as the latest figures show a slight decrease in cases of Covid-19, although the situation "is better than where we thought we would be".

Belfast Telegraph