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GPs urge HSE to open walk-in PCR test centres as demand increases

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The Health Service Executive has been urged to open up walk-in PCR test centres, following increased demands for the service.

As of 11am, there were no PCR tests available for today through the HSE's self-referral portal in 13 counties, including the cities of Dublin, Cork and Waterford.

Monaghan-based GP Dr Ilona Duffy said walk-in test centres in areas with high levels of Covid-19 must be opened up. Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Dr Duffy said difficulty in accessing PCR tests is creating huge frustration for people with symptoms, who are then relying on antigen tests, which are not always accurate.

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