There have been calls for a walk-in Covid-19 testing centre to be opened in Cavan after a meat processing facility in the town closed for a week.

It is understood McCarren Meats told employees it was temporarily ceasing operations in response to an outbreak of the virus.

The company is a part of the Kepak group and employs over 250 people on the site.

Employees were told that to ensure the health and safety of all employees a decision had been made to close the factory for this week.

Kepak has yet to comment.

Local Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith and former minister for agriculture said in light of the development, he has asked the Health Service Executive to consider a walk-in testing centre in Cavan.

Fianna Fáil Councillor John Paul Feeley said Cavan had seen a rise in positive cases since 1 May.

He said the current situation is of huge concern to everyone in the community, not just working directly in McCarrens.

He said urgent action is needed from the HSE to work with the local community to get these high numbers of cases under control.

Co Cavan recorded six new cases of Covid-19 today, 27 on Saturday and 11 on Friday.

The 14-day incidence rate for Cavan is 140.5 - just above the national average.