You now need to have two major symptoms for a coronavirus test

Patients must have two major symptoms to qualify for a Covid-19 tests from now on.

People must have a fever and either a cough or shortness of breath.

They also need to be either contacts of a confirmed case, healthcare staff or in a vulnerable group.

It means that thousands of people waiting to be tested who don't have an appointment yet won't be tested and will have to call their GP again.

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says not everyone with cold like symptoms will be recommended for testing.

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