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Ireland Family members of students in closed school ‘can continue daily routine as normal’

21:50  03 march  2020
21:50  03 march  2020 Source:   extra.ie

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Siblings and parents of students in the school ordered closed following confirmation that a student has been diagnosed with Covid-19 can ‘continue their daily routine as normal,’ health officials have said.

In a briefing on Monday evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said that siblings who don’t attend the school, their parents and other members of the community are not regarded as ‘contacts’.

As of Monday evening, one case has been identified in Ireland and Ireland remains in a ‘containment phase’.

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A statement from the NPHET read: ‘Following the identification of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the east of the country on Saturday 29 Feb, a secondary school was closed for the duration of the Covid-19 incubation period, which is 14 days.

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‘A letter from the Chief Medical Officer to parents of all school children, across the country, was issued today.’

‘Part of this letter states; “The decision to close the school for 14 days is a precautionary one and arises because pupils and teachers may have had direct contact with the confirmed case.

‘”However, siblings not attending the school concerned, parents and other members of the community are not regarded as contacts and can continue their daily routine as normal.”‘

 

All close contacts of the confirmed case have now been identified, the Department of Health said.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn explained that there is no risk of transmission to contacts of a contact to a confirmed case. 

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said in a tweet that her children attend the school that has been closed for 14 days.

In a video attached to the tweet, Ms McDonald said: ‘My children’s school is closed for the next fortnight because of a confirmed case of the coronavirus. Obviously, we’re following all of the chief medical officer’s advice and therefore the children have to be at home for the next 14 days.

‘This is a worrying time for families and for the staff at the school, particularly for the family of the person affected and we wish them a very, very speedy recovery.’

‘I’ve had to reorganise everything and all of my work schedule because of this, and so the public meetings in Cavan and in Galway this week will unfortunately have to be postponed, but we will set a date for them again very, very soon.

‘So remember to follow all of the advice, to listen to the medical advice and to wash your hands with warm soapy water and then wash them again, to take care of yourselves and to take care of each other’.

On Sunday, it was announced that a school in the east of the country had been advised to close for two weeks after a male student was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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‘It is understood that the company decided to use the opportunity to test its capacity to have all staff work remotely in case the situation surrounding Covid-19 escalates,’ RTE said.

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