Thousands of coronavirus tests will not proceed as new criteria introduced

Thousands of people waiting for a Covid-19 test who don’t have an appointment yet will now not be tested and will have to contact their GP again.

Patients will need to meet revised criteria to qualify in future and will have to display two major symptoms – a fever and either a cough or shortness of breath.

They also need to be either contacts of a confirmed case, healthcare staff or vulnerable group.

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Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says they have to prioritise cases.