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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Wednesday 11 March

Published: 11 March 2020
From: Department of Health

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has passed. A female, in the east of the country, with an underlying medical condition.

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

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient. I urge the media and the public to respect their privacy at this difficult time.
"We continue our efforts to interrupt the transmission of this virus. It will take all of us, collectively to succeed. Please continue to follow public health advice."

The HPSC has also been informed of 9 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland:

  • 4 males, from the south of the country, associated with travel
  • 1 female, from the south of the country, contact with a confirmed case
  • 1 male, south of the country, contact with a confirmed case
  • 3 males, from the east of the country, two associated with travel, one associated with contact of a confirmed case

There are now 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

We are now moving to enhancing our containment measures. These measures include 3 steps:

To the general public:

  • practice everyday preventive actions like hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette
  • consider how to limit your social interactions; avoid indoor, crowded spaces
  • shaking hands and close personal contact are to be avoided
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick. Know the symptoms of COVID-19

All healthcare workers are being asked to raise their index of suspicion for COVID-19.

The HSE will be substantially increasing its contact tracing and surveillance capacity in the coming days.

ENDS

Notes to the Editor:

The National Public Health Emergency Team case definition includes Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran and four regions in northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont) alongside mainland China.

  • anyone who has been to an affected region (mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and four regions in northern Italy) in the last 14 days AND is experiencing symptoms should immediately self-isolate and call their GP
  • anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days AND is experiencing symptoms should immediately self-isolate and call their GP
  • anyone who has been to an affected region (China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran and four regions in northern Italy) in the last 14 days, and are well, should visit www.HSE.ie for advice

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to show.

Symptoms may include:

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

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can also cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Things you can do to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (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

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