235 new cases have also been confirmed.

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Two more people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland and a further 235 new cases have been confirmed.

It brings the total number of cases in the Republic of Ireland to 1,564.

The two patients who died were a man and a woman and both were from the east of the country. The female patient is said to have had an underlying health condition.

There have now been a total of nine deaths due to the virus.

Today, the Department of Health announced plans to increase testing for Covid-19 to 15,000 a day. The criteria for testing has changed to prioritise healthcare workers and those most at risk. Tens of thousands of people have had tests cancelled as a result.