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Coronavirus - Number of confirmed cases in Ireland rises to 18

By Sarah Finnan

March 7, 2020 at 9:41am

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A total of 18 Irish cases have been confirmed.

Health officials have confirmed that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland has risen, with one unexplained transmission amongst them.

Five new cases were confirmed in the Republic yesterday, bringing the total from 13 up to 18.

The five new cases include a male in the east of the country who travelled from northern Italy, a female in the west of Ireland who came into close contact with a confirmed case, a female healthcare worker in the south of the country who had close contact with a confirmed case and a female from the south of the country who travelled from northern Italy.

Transmission can be explained in all but one of the cases, with the final case being that of a male from the south of the country, whose travel history is still being investigated.

Another case has also been detected in the North, bringing the total there to four.

According to the HSE website, it can take up to 14 for symptoms of coronavirus to appear, with the most common symptoms being:

  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever/high temperature

Though the risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate, people are advised to ensure they take adequate measures to protect themselves. Ireland is currently in the containment phase of the response meaning that officials are working to prevent or limit the spread of coronavirus.

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