‘Everyone who did this should be in jail’: Britney Spears on her devastating conservatorship
‘Everyone who did this should be in jail’: Britney Spears on her devastating conservatorship

Jennifer McShane

Britney Spears: Read her full statement against conservatorship
Britney Spears: Read her full statement against conservatorship

Holly O'Neill

Paris Hilton and the physical, verbal and emotional abuse she suffered while at boarding school
Paris Hilton and the physical, verbal and emotional abuse she suffered while at boarding school

Lauren Heskin

A complete breakdown of Britney Spears, her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement
A complete breakdown of Britney Spears, her conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement

Lauren Heskin

Always craving more sleep? These 5 signs mean you’re not getting enough
Always craving more sleep? These 5 signs mean you’re not getting enough

Jennifer McShane

‘Confusing’: Scooter Braun speaks out over Taylor Swift ‘feud’
‘Confusing’: Scooter Braun speaks out over Taylor Swift ‘feud’

Jennifer McShane

These are our favourite outdoor furniture brands for every budget
These are our favourite outdoor furniture brands for every budget

Amanda Kavanagh

This home in Kinsale harbour is on the market for €2.25 million
This home in Kinsale harbour is on the market for €2.25 million

Megan Burns

50 years on and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel
50 years on and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel

Rose Mary Roche

Take a look inside – and shop – Cara Delevingne’s LA home
Take a look inside – and shop – Cara Delevingne’s LA home

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

Coronavirus: 13 people now have COVID-19 in Republic


by Jennifer McShane
05th Mar 2020
blank

Another seven people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic to 13


The Department of Health confirmed seven new cases on Thursday evening, among those is a case of coronavirus that has been detected for the first time in a patient who had not travelled overseas.

Four of the new cases are men from the east of the country who have travelled from northern Italy.

Two are associated with close contact with a confirmed case; two females in the west of the country.

One case of community transmission – a male in the south – is associated with Cork University Hospital and a risk assessment is underway.

Related: We asked an Irish immunologist about the best and worst case scenario

The HSE said this evening that they are rapidly trying to identity anyone the patients may have had contact with and to provide them with advice about how to prevent it spreading further.

“The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread,” the Department of Health said in a statement this evening.

“Ireland remains in containment phase with just one case of community transmission. This is, however, a rapidly evolving situation. Public health doctors are working hard to ensure our containment measures are operating effectively,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said.

“Every individual needs to be aware of how to protect their own health and the health of others.”

It is understood that all affected patients are responding well to treatment.

Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has displayed ‘infection outbreak’ signs and warned that visitors are not allowed within specific sections of the hospital. And in an updated statement they confirmed that they would cancel all Outpatient appointments to control infection.

“All Outpatient appointments have been cancelled in Cork University Hospital tomorrow (Friday 6 March) due to Infection Control issues.

Related: The reason Coronavirus may hit men harder than women

“All patients will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Cork University Hospital apologises for any inconvenience this may cause to patients.”

The CUH emergency department remains open and routine ward operations are continuing as normal.

“Low to Moderate” 

The HSE’s main advice page outlines that the risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate. It says “this may change, however, most people may continue to go to work, school and other public places, as usual”.

Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and has symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) should:

  • Isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room, with a phone
  • Phone their GP, or emergency department – if this is not possible, phone 112, or 999
  • In a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999

Close contact means either:

  • Face-to-face contact
  • Spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person
  • Living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of Covid-19 to show.

See HERE for more information as it becomes available. 

Also Read

blank
RELATIONSHIPS
The psychology of nostalgia and why we can’t get enough of it at the moment

There’s a reason we love being reminded of things that happened in our past. Amanda Cassidy explores why our trips...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
What to eat this weekend: Fish n’ courgette chips with homemade tartar sauce

This healthy fish and courgette chips recipe from Jane Kennedy is the perfect weekend supper. The humble courgette is transformed...

By Meg Walker

blank
EDITORIAL
‘In a public health emergency, why does so much of the post-pandemic talk revolve around drinking?’

No other European country is having the same public order challenges our capital city is experiencing, writes Amanda Cassidy I...

By Amanda Cassidy

BRITs
EDITORIAL
Best BRITs – The standout moments everyone is talking about from last night’s BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards took place over in London last night, welcoming the who’s who of the music world inside the...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
EDITORIAL
Book gift ideas for every kind of reader

Anyone who said books and socks make for boring gifts has clearly never received a delightfully absorbing book or a...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
EDITORIAL
Emerging after the pandemic: ‘There’s an awkwardness to my interactions, like I’ve forgotten how to socialise’

In just a few months, human contact became one of the most feared gestures. Being around people we loved was...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
‘We went to the zoo today – and life felt deliciously normal’

What’s seldom is truly wonderful, writes Amanda Cassidy Dublin Zoo has been the backdrop to our children’s lives – birthday...

By Amanda Cassidy