The Department of Justice and Equality has said that workers at a Co Kildare pet food factory who have tested positive for Covid-19 have now been moved off-site from the Direct Provision centres they were living in in the midlands. 

The move is in accordance with advice from Public Health officials.

In a statement to RTÉ News, the department said some workers who were not moved out are self-isolating instead at the centres, which are believed to be located in counties Kildare and Laois. 

The department said all centres are cleaned rigorously paying particular attention to communal areas, lifts and door handles. 

Translations of public health advice have been provided and residents are encouraged to follow the HSE advice, the department said.

Meanwhile, the Irish Dog Foods factory in Naas remains closed. 

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The company, which is believed to be carrying out a deep clean on the facility, said it is keeping in contact with the workforce to ensure they have the support they require. 

The Mayor of Naas, Councillor Fintan Brett, said he is confident the HSE will deal adequately with the cluster of cases discovered in the county. 

He said Irish Dog Foods parent company, Queally's, was an important employer of the area with more than a thousand workers, and he was sure that all the necessary precautions would be taken at the dog food factory before employees return to work.

Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless said the latest incidents of Covid-19 have raised deep concern in Co Kildare because the county already had a high rate of the virus, but he said he was optimistic the company would deal with it professionally and would reopen as soon as it was safe to do so. 

The parent company, Queally's, is unaffected by the outbreak and is open for business as usual.