Inquiry After People Were Wrongly Told They Tested Negative For Covid 19

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The HSE says “less than 100” patients who were told by text they’d tested negative for covid-19 were later told their test was positive.

In a statement, the Executive says it happened because a small number of tests were “weakly positive” and had to be sent for review.

It says the communications error was picked up by public health doctors and immediately rectified — and that no other patients have been affected.

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Speaking at a press conference earlier this afternoon, HSE boss Paul Reid said the issue only emerged yesterday.

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