A free one-day walk-in Covid testing service has opened the GAA grounds in Rathkeale in Co Limerick.

Anyone concerned about Covid-19 will be able to get tested. 

It is the first testing centre to be opened where an appointment will not be necessary. 

The HSE Mid West Community Healthcare division said that the one-day pop-up test centre will be open from 10am-7pm at Mick Neville Park GAA grounds in the town.

The HSE said it is sometimes important to actively look for cases of Covid-19, as some people who are infectious might have no symptoms or their symptoms may be so mild as to be unnoticeable.

This characteristic of Covid-19 makes it difficult to prevent the spread of the infection. 

The HSE says active case finding helps to pick up unknown cases of infection who might cause invisible spread of the disease.

Social distancing measures will apply as people turn up for testing. People who want to have a test are asked to have details of the date of birth and a mobile phone number for contact tracing.

This initiative follows the establishment yesterday of a new 7-bay testing area at the St Joseph's health campus at Mulgrave Street in Limerick which can test up to 700 people a week, and is in response to concerns about a rise in cases in the Limerick area.