• Efforts are under way to find out what protection antibodies may have against new infection of Covid-19.

     The HSE's starting a new study today of people in Sligo and Dublin to get an overall national estimate of infection in the population.

    New figures show the death toll from coronavirus has reached 1,706, after one more person has been reported as having died with the virus yesterday.

     HSE National Clinical Director for Health Protection, Dr Lorraine Doherty, says those who take part in the study that will take samples from 5,000 participants across both counties, and have antibodies for the virus, will then do a follow up test.