A public health expert is optimistic that pop-up testing in areas with outbreaks will help control coronavirus.

It's after the HSE set up five walk in testing centres on Thursday - four in Dublin and one in Tullamore, County Offaly.

It comes as 604 new covid cases have been confirmed, with 13 more deaths and 68 people were in ICU last night.

Across the region there are 16 new cases in Galway, ten in Mayo, six in Roscommon, and five in Leitrim.

Sligo was the only county where no case was recorded.

RCSI Professor Sam McConkey says testing centres will help find cases in the worst hit areas: