AN IRISH nursing home has shockingly seen 89 of its staff and residents test positive for coronavirus.
The Dáil were told of the worrying situation at what is believed to be a facility in Leinster.
It's understood that 70 out of 200 staff members have been infected, as well as 19 out of 100 residents.
The cluster discovery was announced by Fianna Fail TD Stephen Donnelly as TDs debated the pandemic and gaps in responses to the growing crisis.
The news comes amid growing fears that shortage in PPE likely means that health care workers have a greater chance of being infected, and subsequently passing on the virus to people they're treating or looking after, as well as other health care workers doing the same thing.
"This has to change," Mr Donnelly said.
"There are 13,000 private home care workers in Ireland. It makes no sense to tell everyone over 70 that they can't leave their house, while sending into those same homes people with no training in infection control and no PPE."