The HSE says it’s in discussions with its supplier to make sure no more unsuitable personal protective equipment arrives into the country.
It’s after it confirmed 20 percent of the PPE delivered so far, costing four million euro, isn’t up to standard.
65 percent’s of sufficient quality while 15 percent can still be used but isn’t considered ideal.
It comes as some frontline staff report having to reuse single use PPE due to shortage of supply.
Meanwhile – the HSE says it hopes to test up to 4,500 people per day for Covid-19 by next week. An average of 1,500 people were being tested this week, while some centres also closed due to reduced demand.
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid says progress in sourcing labs to analyse tests means the numbers can now increase.
There are now over 4,600 confirmed cases in the Republic – 54 in County Clare and 137 people have died.