Dr Nuala O’Connor, COVID Clinical Lead of the ICGP, has said that anyone who has to stop work because of the virus will still be paid, when appearing on Morning Ireland this morning.

She said that asymptomatic cases were of particular concern, and that Day Zero and Day Seven testing were very important.

“Covid-19 has not gone away. We all need to be vigilant.”

She urged people with even mild symptoms to telephone their GP who could then refer them for a test. “This is a wakeup call for all of us – there are cases in 20 counties, the virus is still out there, if you have symptoms take yourself out of circulation and contact your GP.”

People should continue to exercise social distancing and keep their distance, and only rapid identification of contacts and testing can contain the spread of the virus, O’Connor said.