Coronavirus: Officials urge calm as first case of Covid-19 confirmed in Republic

Chief medical officer says development was not unexpected and insists Ireland is well-placed to ‘respond appropriately’.

1st March, 2020
Coronavirus: Officials urge calm as first case of Covid-19 confirmed in Republic
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan expects more cases of the coronavirus, but said Ireland was well-placed to deal with them and could “respond appropriately.”

The first case of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland was confirmed last night by the Department of Health as officials sought to reassure the public that Ireland was well-placed to respond to an outbreak of the disease.

Officials said the patient was receiving appropriate medical care and that the case was associated with travel from an affected area in Northern Italy, rather than contact with another confirmed case.

The patient, a male in the...

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