The HSE has opened a temporary walk-in covid-19 test centre in Tipperary town.

Located at the Tipperary Primary Care Centre on the town's Rosanna Road, it is in operation today and tomorrow.

A previous "pop-up" centre was in use for two days last week and it's understood that a steady stream of positive cases in the area has prompted the HSE to reopen the facility.

The number of cases in the area is believed to be in "the tens" but public health officials are keen to avoid a wider outbreak.

The 14-day Covid-19 rate in the Cashel-Tipperary local electoral area stood at 116.9 per 100,000 of population last week, compared to 600 in Dungarvan where a recent outbreak was highlighted at a NPHET briefing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, HSE officials are believed to be hopeful that the Dungarvan/west Waterford outbreak is under control, with daily cases in the area believed to have peaked early last week.

There were between 180 and 200 positive Covid-19 cases as part of that outbreak by late last week, and it's understood there have been a further 20 or so cases since then.

A temporary testing facility in Dungarvan finished operating last Friday but the HSE is ready to reopen it, if necessary.

The Tipperary town facility is open from 11am to 7pm today and is for all ages, although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.