Eleven more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, bringing the overall death toll to 1,592.

115 more cases of the coronavirus have also been diagnosed in the Republic, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 24,506.

There were two de-notifications of deaths in the last 24 hours.

Tonight's Department of Health briefing was told that the number of cases of Covid-19 in meat processing plants has risen to 865 from 828 as previously reported.

Seventeen people from that sector have been hospitalised and five are in ICU.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there had been a number of spikes in cases, which was based on cases where it was deemed necessary to test all workers in a facility.

In total, across seven facilities, Dr Glynn said 2,500 people had been tested.

He said it does seem that in recent days the number of cases related to outbreaks are decreasing, although it is probably too early to make a conclusion.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is working with relevant Government departments to see how they can put in place further arrangements for children, but said "nothing is risk-free".

"We are very sensitive of the impact of the restrictions on children," he added.

Dr Holohan said authorities are continuing to recommend that routine nursing home visits do not take place.

He said NPHET is starting the process of consideration on whether Ireland will be ready to move into Phase Two. It will give that advice to the Government next week.

The virus is even more transmissible than they thought in February, said Dr Holohan. There is not a background immunity in the population, so people will have to keep adhering to public health advice such as cough etiquette, washing hands, and social distancing.

Dr Holohan said underlying conditions found among patients with Covid-19 include chronic heart disease (2,445 cases) and diabetes (1,077 cases).

He was asked if the rise in additional cases to over 100 today had anything to do with the easing of restrictions and he said no, that it was too soon to see an effect from the easing of restrictions.

The vast majority of people were still complying with the public health advice, he said. Asked about large gatherings of people, he said it was "unfortunate" and was one of the things he did not want to see happening.

He also said Ireland would be keen to take part in any vaccine or drugs trials in relation to Covid-19, and that some drugs trials were already taking place here.

Dr Holohan added that he did not think there was a good enough anti-body test available yet for home use.

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.

Elsewhere it has been announced that from next week, all passengers arriving into Ireland will be legally required to complete a passenger locator form.

In Northern Ireland, a further three deaths linked to coronavirus have been reported, taking the official death toll there to 504.

23 additional cases were also reported there, bringing the total to 4,504.