Update on testing and residential care facilities expected today

An update on testing and residential care facilities is expected later as part of the HSE’s weekly briefing on Covid-19.

It comes as the death toll here has reached 1,286, after a further 25 were announced yesterday.

There are 343 new confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the Republic, with the total number of positive tests reaching 21,176.

The latest data shows 160 cases in Roscommon, 150 in Longford and 68 in Leitrim.

As of midnight on Thursday, 2,785 cases or 13% have been hospitalised and of those brought to hospital, 368 people have been admitted to intensive care units.