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Press Release

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

Published: 29 February 2020
From: Department of Health

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

Minister Harris has notified the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said:

"This is not unexpected. We have been preparing for this since January.
"I would strongly encourage people to follow the guidance and advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team, led by the Chief Medical Officer."

The general public is advised to follow advice from the HSE and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre to protect their health.

Any person concerned that they may have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) should immediately isolate themselves from others and contact their GP by phone.


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