15 May 2020

What lessons can the UK learn from Ireland’s coronavirus testing operation?


The Republic of Ireland will begin its first phase of easing the lockdown on Monday.

More than 1,500 people have died from the virus there with almost 24,000 confirmed cases. Ireland’s testing and tracing policy was established early and has played a vital role in allowing the country to take some small steps back to a kind of normality.

Two thousand contact tracers have been hired and the aim is to reach 15,000 tests a day by Monday.

So what lessons can the UK take from the Irish testing operation?