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Previous updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Published: 19 March 2020
From: Department of Health

February 16 - 29

February 29

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The patient, a male in the eastern part of the country, is currently receiving appropriate medical care. The patient was identified and tested in line with established protocols for the investigation of suspect cases of COVID-19.

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Minister for Health Statement on confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, issued a statement which confirmed a case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The statement urges people to follow the advice of the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

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February 27

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed of a presumptive case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Northern Ireland. The patient is in isolation in Northern Ireland and is receiving treatment.

Public Health authorities have activated contact tracing protocols.

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February 25

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The National Public Health Emergency Team has today recommended that:

Algorithms be updated to reflect an expanded list of affected regions to include Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, four regions in northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont) alongside mainland China.

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NPHET COVID-19 Meeting 25th February 2020

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February 23

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

Following on from the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Italy, the National Public Health Emergency Team has noted that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control now rates the risk of the occurrence of similar clusters of cases in other EU countries as moderate to high.

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February 20

Minister for Health signs regulations to make COVID-19 a Notifiable Disease

This will oblige doctors to routinely notify the HSE if a case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is diagnosed. This is common practice when dealing with an emerging infectious disease.

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February 18

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

78 suspected cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been tested in Ireland. To date, there are no confirmed cases.

NPHET COVID-19 Meeting 18th February 2020

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February 1 - 15

February 11

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

65 suspected cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been tested in Ireland. To date, there are no confirmed cases.

NPHET Covid-19 Meeting 11th February 2020 Minutes

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NPHET Covid-19 Meeting 11th February 2020 Agenda

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February 7

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

As of Monday 3 February, 15 suspected cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been tested in the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL). To date, there are no confirmed cases.

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February 5

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - First meeting of the Expert Advisory Group takes place

The first meeting of the Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group took place on Wednesday 5 February at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) in Dublin 1.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

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February 4

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on Tuesday 4 February in the Department of Health.

As yet, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

NPHET COVID-19 Meeting 4th February 2020 Minutes

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February 2

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

Ireland has advanced plans in place as part of its comprehensive preparedness to deal with public health emergencies such as COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These plans have helped us to respond to previous incidents such as pandemic influenza, SARS and MERS.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

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February 1

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

As of 1 February 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

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January

January 30

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

Ireland is well positioned to detect and respond to a case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that might arise here. As yet, there have been no confirmed cases in Ireland.

NPHET COVID-19 Meeting 30th January 2020 Minutes

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January 27

NPHET COVID-19 Meeting 27th January 2020 Minutes

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National Public Health Emergency Team on Covid-19 (coronavirus) Terms Of Reference

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