The National Public Health Emergency Team met last night (Wednesday 11 March) to review latest evidence of the spread of COVID-19. NPHET has made a recommendation that Ireland move to Delay Phase.
There has been a significant increase in recent days in the number of cases detected in Ireland, a number of clusters in hospital settings with some cases in intensive care and a number of cases arising from community transmissions.
New advice provided by ECDC yesterday, highlighting that the detection of COVID-19 cases and deaths outside of known chains of transmission, is a strong signal that social distancing should be considered. The ECDC also recommended that the measures should be taken early and should be decisive, rapid, coordinated and comprehensive.
Today, Ireland introduces new measures as part of our effort to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19.
a) involving more than 100 people if located indoors
b) involving more than 500 people if located outdoors
NPHET further recommends that these measures should be introduced until Sunday 29 March 2020. The impact of these measures will be under continuous review.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
Letter from the National Public Health Emergency Team to Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD available here.
Letter to Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, from Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, re COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Download
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: