HIQA is to carry out a risk-assessment to see which nursing homes need more help to deal with Covid-19.

It's one of the recommendations top health officials have made to deal with clusters of the virus in nursing homes.

The clusters, to date, have mainly been in nursing homes in the East of the country.

Yesterday, the coronavirus claimed a further 17 lives - including 3 in the West, 3 in the Northwest, 3 in the south and 8 in the East -  bringing the death toll to 71, while 325 new cases were confirmed.

There are now 3,235 diagnosed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

The latest county breakdown refers to figures from last Sunday, and shows 36 confirmed cases in Co Mayo, 19 in Sligo, 10 in Roscommon and 86 in Co Galway.

Yesterday saw the highest daily death toll yet, but Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan says it's too early to say if the surge in cases has begun:

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