First case of coronavirus confirmed in Republic of Ireland

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Tests are underway to determine whether the child has also contracted the virus. "Public health protocols have been in place since January and are operating effectively", Dr.

HSE public health doctors are scrambling to contact hundreds of passengers who were on a flight to Dublin with an Irish woman who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Anyone that has been in contact with the patient will already have been informed by health officials.

"Aer Lingus will continue to assess the situation based on the guidance received".

"I have full confidence in the expertise and commitment of our public health professionals and pay tribute to everyone working hard to contain the spread of this virus and keep us well".

"Contact tracing is an effective and efficient method carried out by the PHA to help prevent the further spread of infections such as Covid-19".

"The risk of catching coronavirus, for the general public, is still low", noted the HSE on Friday, referring to the COVID-19 case that is now being treated in Northern Ireland.

Officials worked overnight to identify those who were potentially exposed to the illness in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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It is understood the woman, who was diagnosed on Thursday, took the Enterprise train from Dublin's Connolly Station to Belfast Lanyon Place.

The patient, a man in the eastern part of the country, is receiving appropriate medical care, Ireland's health department said in a statement.

Dr Sarah Doyle, a consultant in public medicine at the HSE, confirmed that everyone who had sat within two rows of the woman, including on her journey from Dublin to Belfast, had been contacted. "All persons identified as a close contact of the patient have been notified".

Chief medical officer Dr. Michael McBride said the adult had travelled from northern Italy via Dublin. "Our health service is used to managing infections and would assure the public that we are prepared".

"The risk to the population of Northern Ireland has not changed as a effect of this presumptive positive test result".

"The general public is advised to follow advice from the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre to protect their health".

Reuters notes that China's central Hubei province had 318 new cases, down from 409 a day earlier and the lowest since 24 January. If no tissue is available, cough into your elbow, not your hands.

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