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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

Published: 7 February 2020
From: Department of Health

15 suspected cases of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tested in Ireland.

Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan said:

"The event of a confirmed case of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Ireland is possible, given the increase in cases we are seeing internationally. Ireland has comprehensive Public Health and Emergency Plans in place and is prepared for the event of a confirmed case, should one arise."

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Chair of the Coronavirus Expert Advisroy Group, a sub group of the National Public Health Emergency Team, said:

"We have not seen sustained human-to-human transmission in any other country outside China, which is a postive indicator for our containmnet measures. We will continue to monitor the spread and evolution of the virus because there is still a lot to learn, and advise the National Public Health Emergency Team accordingly."

Ireland is well positioned to detect and respond to a case of novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) might arise here.

Dr Vida Hamilton National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE said:

"The HSE has been working with frontline staff in our health service over recent weeks in response to Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 3,000 personal protection packs have issued to GPs and clinics around the country and will be received in the coming days. All acute hospitals have multi-disciplinary Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) preparedness committees to oversee implementation of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre algorithms and actions."

The critical care services has developed management guidance for the care of any patients with Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) who should require their services and the National Ambulance Service is actively engaged in risk assesment and the co-ordinated response to case recognition and containment.

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) who should require their services and the National Ambulance Service is actively engaged in risk assesment and the co-ordinated response to case recognition and containment.

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is spread through contact and droplets so good cough and sneeze hygiene, with regular hand washing, is the best way to keep well.

The general public is encouraged to inform themselves on prevention measures issued by HSE and to follow HPSC for regular daily updates.

ENDS

Notes to the Editor:

No information will be provided about individual activations of these plans or about indivdual cases of novel Coronavirus (2019-ncCoV) other than confirmed cases.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre Website is updated daily at 13:00 with the latest information about the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Visit HPSC.ie

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of Coronavirus to show.

Symptoms may include:

  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

Coronavirus can also cause more severe illness, including:

  • pneumonia
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

Things you can do to protect yourself from getting Coronavirus include:

  • wash your hand properly and regularly
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze

Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub:

  • after coughing and sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste