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Coronavirus update: 10 new cases confirmed in Ireland


by Jennifer McShane
10th Mar 2020
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Ten new cases of coronavirus have been reported as of Tuesday evening


 There are now 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Just over 1,780 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Ireland as of this Monday. This is a massive increase in the number of people being tested, up to 1,784 from 297 a week ago.

Of those affected, are healthcare workers, one is a man based in the south of the country and the other is a woman in the east.

Five of the cases, which are in the east and south of the country, are associated with travel from an affected area.

Two people in the west and another in the south have rested positive for coronavirus and are associated with close contact with confirmed cases.

A statement from the department revealed that the HSE is “working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.”

It was also announced today that there were four new cases of Covid-19 detected in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number to 16.

It brings to 50 the number on confirmed cases on the island of Ireland.

“No room for complacency”

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said; “98% of all suspected cases in Ireland have tested negative. While Ireland remains in containment phase, there is no room for complacency.

“We all have a part to play in limiting and slowing the spread of this disease.”

Following Tuesday’s meeting of National Public Health Emergency Team, the following recommendations have been made:

– The HPSC will update guidelines for healthcare workers returning to work following exposure to a confirmed case – Clinically appropriate confirmed cases can remain in their home, in self-isolation.

– Socially restrictive actions around hospitals and nursing homes are not recommended – Laboratory testing will commence in regional laboratories.

Caution

The new cases come after All St Patrick’s Day parades have been cancelled, flights to and from Italy are to be banned here from this Friday and The Irish Cancer Society has postponed it’s annual Daffodil Day, due to take place on March 27th.

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 Trinity College Dublin also announced they would be closing lecture halls and other key buildings with all lectures to be online from Wednesday until the end of the academic year.

Main photograph: Unsplash


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