The new Covid-19 testing criteria will result in fewer negative results, according to the Chief Medical Officer.
94 percent of all tests have come back negative with up to 20 thousand people a day requesting tests.
From today, patients will only be tested if they have a fever and coughing or are short of breath.
They must also be a healthcare worker, be in an at-risk group or have had close contact with a known case.
Dr Tony Holohan says the previous strategy wasn’t working.