Covid-19 testing is under way at all four test centres in Cork and Kerry including Páirc Uí Chaoimh which was closed yesterday.

A Health Service Executive spokesperson for Cork Kerry Community Care said due to the level of testing carried out last week, they were up-to-date with GP referrals by Saturday evening.

No appointments were cancelled at any of the four test centres in Cork City, Mallow, Dunmanway and in Tralee.

All the GP referrals received by the close of business yesterday have been offered appointments for today and testing is under way to deal with "this small number of referrals".

They confirmed they have "sufficient" test kits to be able to offer appointments tomorrow to anyone referred to them for a test by the end of today.

The Páirc Uí Chaoimh facility, which opened last week, is currently the biggest in the country - capable of handling 1,000 tests per day for people referred by their GP.

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Meanwhile,  following a further request from the HSE, the new GAA handball centre on Sackville Avenue in Dublin will this week become a walk-up testing facility for Covid-19 for designated appointments only. 

There have been 2,615 cases of coronavirus confirmed here and 46 people with Covid-19 have died. 

Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical. 

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person, within 1-2 metres, to be considered at-risk or a close contact.

But there are higher risk settings, where transmission is possible in a shorter time interval, where health staff are dealing directly with known or suspected cases in particular settings and may need personal protective equipment.