The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that two out of six Irish passengers on a coronavirus-hit ship have tested positive for the disease.
The citizens share dual citizenship with another EU member state and are not usually resident in Ireland.
Nine Irish citizens were passengers on the Westerdam Cruise Ship, which is currently docked off Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Seven are currently being screened, along with other passengers and crew. Our Embassy in Hanoi is in ongoing contact with the citizens regarding their consular needs. Only two of these seven are normally resident in Ireland.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney has confirmed that two Irish citizens who were passengers on the Westerham returned to Ireland during the weekend.
To date, the Department of Health has confirmed there are no cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The Government has allocated €500,000 to the World Health Organization to assist its work to help control the spread of the COVID-19 disease.