The Government has announced the extension of a Covid-19 illness benefit from the end of June until the end of September 2022.

The Enhanced Illness Benefit was introduced at the start of the pandemic as a payment for employees and self-employed people diagnosed with Covid-19.

It is paid at the weekly rate of €350 and it is paid from the first day of illness.

To date, more than 516,000 people have been medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 related Illness Benefit payment and the total amount paid out is €313 million.

As of this morning, there are 3,911 people receiving the payment.

"As we're currently experiencing an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with Covid-19 in our communities, my Government colleagues and I want to ensure that this financial support continues to be available to these workers, should they contract the virus," said Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

The period for which the Enhanced Illness Benefit was to be made available was previously extended from February 2022 to the end of June 2022.