The criteria for Covid-19 testing are being broadened from this morning, to include more suspected cases of the virus.
Now those with either a fever, a recent cough, or shortness of breath can look for a test.
A further 18 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the death toll to 1,102, while there are now 19,648 confirmed cases.
Chief medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan says changing testing is crucial to see how the virus is spreading across the country and whether restrictions can be lifted.
The National Public Health Emergency team will meet this morning to discuss whether the lockdown should be extended beyond May 5th.
Health Minister Simon Harris says health experts will ultimately decide.
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