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Student in isolation in Waterford as precaution amid coronavirus concerns

By Darragh Murphy

January 27, 2020 at 12:09pm


With concerns growing about the coronavirus, a student remains in isolation in Waterford after arriving from Wuhan over the weekend.

The Waterford Institute of Technology student has not reported any symptoms of the coronavirus, which has already claimed 80 lives.

The student left Wuhan a number of days ago, before the city was essentially locked down, and he arrived in Waterford on Sunday.

It's understood that he is not feeling sick but as a precaution, he has agreed to stay away from his fellow students.

A statement from WIT to reads: "A student arrived in Waterford on Sunday having left Wuhan some days ago before the city was closed; he is not ill and as a precaution he has agreed not to attend college and stay in his accommodation by himself for the time being.

"We have been in touch with the HSE and are being directed by them."

No cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Ireland although a number of people have been tested for the virus, which can cause pneumonia if contracted.

While there is no direct flight from Wuhan to Ireland, Irish airports have been reminded to follow World Health Organisation guidelines on infection control. has reached out to the HSE for comment on the student in Waterford.


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