The HSE is opening a free Covid-19 testing site for online self-referrals in Co Louth.

The site, located at the HSE premises in the Donore Industrial Park in Drogheda, is in response to a "significant rise in cases in the town and the wider area".

The opening hours, which are for appointments by online self-referral only, are 10am-6pm this Saturday and Sunday.

Drogheda has the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East said the rate of infection in the town is "almost double that of the national average".

"In Drogheda Urban Local Electoral Area, 1 person in every 40 people has tested positive in the past two weeks. This represents significant force of the infection in our communities. This is a time we all need to pull together again," he said.

Des O'Flynn, Chief Officer at Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation is urging people in Drogheda and the wider area to avail of this testing opportunity

"The most important action you can take if you experience any symptoms of Covid-19 is to self-isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test, not an antigen test, and continue to self-isolate as you await your appointment and results," he said.

Online bookings are intended to manage the number of people appearing for a test at the same time and minimise wait times.

Members of the public can book a test at the temporary pop-up centre here.