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:
The HPSC has also been informed of 9 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland:
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:
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.
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.
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to show.
Symptoms may include:
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 hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub: