All residents and workers in affirm provision centres will be equipped Covid-19 making an attempt out from Saturday.
In a joint commentary on Friday, the Department of Justice and the HSE acknowledged: “In accordance with the suggestions of the National Public Health Emergency Group (NPHET), a entire programme of Covid-19 making an attempt out is starting across all lodging centres housing asylum seekers and refugees in the Utter.
“This covers residents and workers in lodging centres (both eternal and non eternal) and in emergency reception and orientation centres. Testing will roll out across centres from September 12th, 2020.” The making an attempt out will be voluntary and free.
The commitment comes a month after a document from the Irish Refugee Council chanced on that bigger than half (55 per cent) of respondents in affirm provision centres didn’t feel safe all the draw throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Half of of respondents acknowledged they were unable to socially distance from other residents; 42 per cent shared a mattress room with a non-family member and 46 per cent shared a relaxation room with a non-family member.
One respondent acknowledged: “Lets handiest form out this virus the use of social distancing but in the centre there isn’t any social distancing. Living [with] three/four or more other folks in the room is now now not [the] appropriate formula to steer obvious of this virus for my fragment.
“So staying [in] affirm provision is now now not amazing on this time, because if one gets the virus then it would possibly perhaps well per chance perhaps furthermore be without peril unfold out.”
The council used to be among loads of organisations calling for asylum seekers with underlying circumstances to be moved out of congregated lodging centres, arguing: “Overcrowding and shared rooms [in such centres] is a foremost trigger for advise for those with pre-present successfully being circumstances.”
Clusters of the virus in affirm provision centres in counties Kerry and Kildare maintain heightened issues amid the pandemic.
Of their commentary on Friday, the Department of Justice and HSE acknowledged lodging centres posed “extra challenges all the draw throughout the pandemic to forestall and support a watch on the unfold of the virus”.
They burdened: “Neither a refusal to participate [in the testing programme] nor a particular end result will maintain an impression on a particular person’s living or application for world protection in any formula.
“We strongly merit all residents and workers to participate to dangle themselves, their families and their communities safe from coronavirus. Every resident and workers member will be equipped a take a look at. Adolescents venerable under 5 years and other folks that maintain beforehand examined particular for Covid-19 would possibly perhaps per chance perhaps now now not be examined.”