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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed of 10 new 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.
There have been 1,784 suspected cases tested in Ireland, to date – an increase of 1,387 tests in one week.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today, Tuesday 10 March 2020, and made the following decisions;
NPHET has advised that blanket socially restrictive actions around hospitals and nursing homes are not necessary at this moment in time. People are encouraged to follow respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene practices in order to protect vulnerable groups, including older people and patients with underlying conditions. People should not visit if they themselves are unwell.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “98% of all suspected cases in Ireland have tested negative. While Ireland remains in containment phase, there is no room for complacency.
“We all have a part to play in limiting and slowing the spread of this disease.”
There are currently 34 confirmed cases in the Republic and 16 cases in the Northern Ireland, following the announcement that four new cases have been identified north of the border.
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