CONFIRMED: 7 New Coronavirus Cases In Ireland Including One In Cork

Seven new confirmed Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Ireland.

These new cases bring the total number in Ireland to 13. 

Of the new seven cases confirmed today, four involve males from the east of the country and are travel related from northern Italy.

Two others are associated with close contact with a confirmed case, two females in the west of the country.

One case which is community acquired is currently in hospital in Cork University Hospital.

The patient had not travelled abroad. 

All outpatient appointments in Cork University Hospital have been cancelled and visitor restrictions have been put in place.

In a statement the HSE has said it is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the confirmed patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said: "Ireland remains in containment phase with just one case of community transmission. 

"This is, however, a rapidly evolving situation. Public health doctors are working hard to ensure our containment measures are operating effectively.

"Most people who become infected with Covid-19 experience a mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for some.

"However, this will need a national effort. Every individual needs to be aware of how to protect their own health and the health of others.

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