Second case of Covid-19 confirmed in east of country

The Department of Health has confirmed the second case of Covid-19 in Ireland.

In a statement this evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team said the woman who had contracted the illness was in the east of the country and had recently visited Italy. The HSE said it is working to “establish any contacts the woman may have had”.

A statement this evening added: “Avoidance of non-essential travel to four northern provinces of Italy now recommended.”

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan said this evening: “If more people get it here, the main concern is for vulnerable people such as elderly people and people with disabilities.”

Guidelines surrounding mass gathering guidelines are to be published in next few days.

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