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Two more coronavirus cases confirmed in Northern Ireland

The Government has said there are no plans to restrict travel into Ireland as a result of the COV...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.40 4 Mar 2020


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Two more coronavirus cases con...

Two more coronavirus cases confirmed in Northern Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.40 4 Mar 2020


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The Government has said there are no plans to restrict travel into Ireland as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

It comes after Northern Ireland confirmed two more cases of the virus on Wednesday.

The region's Public Health Agency said this brings the total there to three cases.

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The two new cases are not connected, it said.

One person recently traveled from northern Italy - while the other patient had recent contact with a person elsewhere in the UK, who had subsequently tested positive for the virus.

These tests have been sent to laboratories in England for verification.

The first case in the North was announced last week, after a woman travelled from Italy via Dublin.

Northern Italy is one of the regions worst impacted by the virus.

A second case of the coronavirus was confirmed here on Tuesday night.

Northern Ireland Left to right: Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Dr John Cuddihy, chief medical office Dr Tony Holohan, and deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn at a press briefing about COVID-19 coronavirus in the Department of Health in Dublin | Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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

This case was not associated with the previously identified case of a student in Dublin.

Irish 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.

Chief medical officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, said on Wednesday there are now 93,166 cases globally.

There are 3,199 deaths across 77 countries - 12,744 of the cases are outside of China.

In Europe there are 2,502 cases in Italy, 240 in Germany, 212 in France, 151 in Spain and 51 in the UK.

Health Minister Simon Harris is due to make a statement to the Oireachtas on Thursday.

Dr Holohan said: "At the moment, as we see things on the basis of the information available, [there are] no implications that we see for any event - large or small - planned at the current phase in this country".

"Given that COVID-19 is a new disease it is understandable that its emergence may give rise to anxiety and fear among the general public. These factors can also give rise to harmful stereotypes.

"This virus knows no borders, or race.

"Restricting travel into Ireland does not form a component of our current response. We must continue to focus on ensuring that everyone is informed, and knows what to do in the event they develop symptoms".

"It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to COVID-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate."


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