Advertisement

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland

A second case of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed in Ireland. A woman in the east of t...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.47 3 Mar 2020


Share this article


Second case of coronavirus con...

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.47 3 Mar 2020


Share this article


A second case of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed in Ireland.

A woman in the east of the country had recently traveled back from northern Italy.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is working to identify what contacts the patient may have had to prevent further spread of the virus.

Advertisement

This case is not associated with the previously identified case.

It follows the first confirmed case of the virus here on Sunday.

Speaking on Tuesday chief medical officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, has said citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential to the four provinces in northern Italy.

These are Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna or Piedmont.

This was previously just applicable to the 11 towns within those regions.

Dr Holohan said the HSE has established four new groups - including one to look at vulnerable people, such as older people or those with underlying conditions.

"We're looking at stepping up actions in relation to acute hospital preparedness - and we've established a group in relation to that.

"A group that will be looking at continuity of supply of medicines and medical devices - a little bit like the work we did as part of Brexit preparedness.

"And we also want to establish a group  to look more specifically at the question of the protection of the health and welfare of healthcare workers and social care workers, in particular".

He also said a person who is a suspect case can be tested in the community, without the need to be referred to hospital.

Overall there are 91,783 confirmed cases of the virus - 11,480 of which are outside China.

In Italy there are 2,036 confirmed cases - with 191 in France, 188 in Germany, 151 in Spain and 54 in the UK.

The HSE said 397 people had been tested for the coronavrius here as of Monday night.

Irish coronavirus Signs at Dublin Airport as part of a public awareness campaign for COVID-19 coronavirus | Image: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

The first confirmed case was a student in Dublin, who is receiving appropriate medical care.

He was identified and tested in line with established protocols for the investigation of suspect cases of COVID-19, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The case is also associated with travel from an affected area in northern Italy.

The student's school has since been shut down for two weeks.

All pupils and teachers are being treated as close contacts of the confirmed case and have been asked to "restrict their movements".

The Department of Health has said all parents have been notified, and no other schools are affected.

Meanwhile members of a youth band in Dublin have been asked by the HSE to self-isolate as a precaution.

It is in connection with the first confirmed case of the virus here.

All parents of the band members in question have been advised that members are being treated as possible contacts, and are now being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

This followed confusion earlier on Tuesday, after the Department of Health withdrew a previous claim to the media that a letter circulating online about the situation was a hoax.


Share this article


Read more about

Coronavirus Coronavirus In Ireland Covid-19 Department Of Health Dr Tony Holohan National Public Health Emergency Team Second Irish Case Self-isolate

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

19:00-22:00

Share

Up next

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on