Head of HSE warns crisis could be here for years

The head of the Department of Health is expected to warn the Covid 19 crisis could be here for some years.

He’s among the country’s senior health officials appearing before a new coronavirus Oireachtas Committee this morning.

1,547 people have so far lost their lives from the virus, while there have been 24,200 confirmed cases.

The chairman of the Committee, Michael McNamara, says people also need answers about testing and contact tracing.

"The public simply aren't very clear about how long it' going to take them to get test results, and we've had a number of different reports.

"It's very important that everybody is clear about where we're at, because we're all in this together, we're all subject to restrictions."

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