A walk-in Covid-19 test centre will open in Cavan later this week after a spike in cases in the county over the bank holiday weekend.

Yesterday, former agriculture minister and local TD Brendan Smith, along with several other local politicians, called for a testing centre in the county amid concerns that an outbreak at a meat processing plant may lead to further community transmission.

McCarren Meats, based in Cavan Town, closed this week due to an outbreak of Covid-19.

The testing centre will be Cavan Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre at Drumalee in Cavan town and will open from Friday until Monday 10 May.

In a statement, the HSE's Department of Public Health North East and Community Healthcare Organisation said it is working with the National Ambulance Service to identity asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 and reduce further transmission in the community.

The temporary walk-in test centre will allow people, who do not have symptoms of Covid-19, to get a free test.

Director of Public Health Northeast Dr Augustine Pereira said increased community testing is vital to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the virus.

"We want to make testing as accessible as possible, and I would urge local people to get a free test and help us take control of this situation," he said.