Nursing Homes Ireland says the setting up of an expert panel examining the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes is an appropriate step.
It comes as the latest figures show there have been 13 more deaths and 76 new cases here.
The panel will examine national and international measures in response to COVID-19, as well as emerging best practice to ensure all response measures are prepared for.
Post mortems will be carried out today on the bodies of two men in their 60s and early 70s, who died in a house fire in Drimnagh in Dublin.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the fire, which broke out about 1.15pm in the Slievebloom Park area on Saturday.
The scene has been preserved, as they work towards establishing the cause of the blaze.
A virus research lab in the Chinese city at the centre of the COVID-19 outbreak says none of the bat viruses it was studying match the strain of the virus.
It follows the claim by US President Donald Trump the virus could have been released from the Wuhan facility.
But the director of the centre has told Chinese state television that's "pure fabrication".
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing more pressure to sack his top adviser after further claims he broke lockdown rules.
The Observer and Sunday Mirror newspapers in the UK report Dominic Cummings made a second trip to County Durham from London after he developed possible symptoms of COVID-19.
The British prime minister's office says the reports are "inaccurate".
The New York Times has filled its front page with death notices for 1,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.
It's just over 1% of those killed in the pandemic in the United States, and roughly the same number reported to have died from the coronavirus on Saturday.
Editors pulled passages from notices printed in hundreds of newspapers, from 94-year-old Bucky Pizzarelli from New Jersey - "master of jazz guitar" - to 65-year-old Mary Virginia McKeon from Chicago who "devoured art in every medium".