By Maeve Lee
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland has increased to a total of 18 in Ireland.
On the evening of 6 March, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was made aware of five new confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
The new cases include:
A male, in the east of Ireland. This case is associated with travel from northern Italy.
A female in the west of Ireland which is associated with close contact with a confirmed case.
A female, in the south of Ireland, a healthcare worker who was in close contact with a confirmed case.
A male, in the south of the country, is associated with travel.
A female, in the south of the country, which is also associated with travel from northern Italy.
The HSE has said they are working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
“Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this virus outbreak. The Department of Health and the HSE are equally dedicated to protecting and supporting this vital group of people,” said Liam Woods, HSE Director of Acute Operations.
Any person who has travelled from an affected region in the last 14 days, or who has come in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days, and is concerned that they may have symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) should immediately isolate themselves from others and phone their GP.