A “significant” ransomware attack on the HSE is impacting Covid-19 test referrals.
This morning the HSE said it had shut down all of its IT systems following what it described as a “significant ransomware attack” on the HSE IT systems.
It says that this means that the GP and close contact testing referrals system is down and that as a result, it is not possible to refer people for Covid-19 tests.
Instead, the HSE has said that static Covid-19 test centres will be opened up nationally for walk-in testing.
In Cork, the Dunmanway and Blackpool centres are accepting walk-ins this afternoon.
People who have symptoms of Covid-19 are who are close contacts will be prioritised for testing.
The HSE has stressed that it is important that anyone who is a close contact or with symptoms continues to self-isolate/restrict movements as required.
The HSE said people attending for tests will need to bring a photo ID and provide a mobile phone number.
Scheduled appointments are going ahead as normal.
The HSE said that people who had a recent Covid-19 test appointment and are awaiting their results will still have their tests processed in its laboratories.
However, there may be some delay in receiving test results.