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Coronavirus: First case confirmed in Republic of Ireland – BBC News, BBC News

        

                                 Employees work in the DaAn Gene laboratory in Guangzhou, China. The company has developed the Covid-19 RNA detection kit. Image copyright                   EPA                                                    

The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

Employees work in the DaAn Gene laboratory in Guangzhou, China. The company has developed the Covid-19 RNA detection kit. The patient is a male in the eastern part of the country, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Center.

It said he Is currently receiving appropriate medical care.

The case is associated with travel from an affected area in northern Italy, rather than contact with another confirmed case.

The Irish Department of Health would not be drawn on whether the man had been on the same flight as

a woman who was diagnosed with Covid – 29 in Northern Ireland earlier this week .

Dr Tony Holohan, the Republic’s chief medical officer, said: “This is not unexpected. We have been preparing for this eventuality for many weeks now.

” Public health protocols have been in place since January and are operating effectively.

“The health service is well used to managing infectious diseases and has robust response measures in place . “

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Image caption                                      The first case of coronavirus in Northern Ireland was confirmed on Thursday                              

The Director of the Republic’s Health Protection Surveillance Center said efforts are under way to identify and locate people who came into contact with the latest victim.

On Saturday night, Dr John Cuddihy said the “contact tracing process has commenced” and “people who need to be notified will be notified.”

He added this work will involve tracing “all stages of the journey” made by the man.

It comes two days after the first case of the virus was diagnosed in Northern Ireland.

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The woman was in Italy last week and flew to Dublin Airport before traveling to Northern Ireland.

It was confirmed by laboratory tests on Saturday.

Officials have said everyone in close contact with the woman has been notified.

All-island strategy

Earlier on Saturday, Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar and the Republic’s health minister Simon Harris held a conference call with political leaders in Northern to discuss how best to contain the virus.

It came as the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, issued guidelines to parishes “due to the recent concerns surrounding the coronavirus”.

A number of changes to Mass have been advised, including the sign of peace being suspended and holy water fonts not being used.

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Image caption                                      On Monday Irish citizens were advised not to travel to affected areas of northern Italy                              

The Church of Ireland has also issued

. advisory guidelines to parishes

which includes the recommendation that “physical interaction during services” should be suspended.

Both churches have said anyone administering Holy Communion must wash their hands and sanitise them with alcohol-based gel and that Communion must be administered into parishioners’ hands and not their mouths.

On Monday, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs advised its citizens not to travel to areas of Italy affected by the coronavirus

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A “drive- through “coronavirus testing center is in operation at Antrim Area Hospital.

The facility allows patients referred by a GP to be tested in their vehicle.

Antrim Hospital is carrying out tests on patients who are referred by a GP, who must agree a test is required based on travel history and symptoms, as first reported in the Irish News .

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Image caption                                      The Irish Department of Health held a press conference on Saturday night                              

On arrival at the hospital staff wearing protective equipment will approach their vehicle and collect necessary swabs through an open window.

The Public Health Agency has confirmed that (coronavirus tests have been carried out in Northern Ireland and 111 were negative.

Helpline extended

(Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride has been briefed by the his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland, Dr Holohan, on the confirmed case.

NI Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Positive test results had been anticipated on both sides of the border and we have repeatedly made clear it was a question of when not if.

“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. ”

On Friday, Mr Swann said the NHS (advice helpline had replaced the PHA’s coronavirus helpline in Northern Ireland.)

That meant people in Northern Ireland had access to the “same level of advice as citizens in England”, he added.

            

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