The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been informed of four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.
The patients are all associated with travel from the same affected area in Northern Italy.
There are two male and two female patients, from the western part of the country.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said:
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person’s body fluids (for example, droplets from coughing or sneezing). It is also spread by touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on, which is one of the reasons why it is so important that people wash their hands regularly, practice respiratory etiquette, and try to avoid touching their face.
Any person who has traveled from an affected area in the last 14 days, or has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days AND are concerned that they may have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) should immediately isolate themselves from others and contact their GP by phone.
The Department of Health has developed public health advice posters available for public to download and display their premises.
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: