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Ireland 'Temporary morgues' planned in Republic of Ireland

23:10  26 march  2020
23:10  26 march  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Irish government officials are working on a plan to set up temporary mortuary facilities to deal with an expected "surge" in deaths from the coronavirus. Since the outbreak began, the Republic of Ireland has recorded nine deaths of patients who had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

The Government is preparing to provide temporary morgue facilities in anticipation of a surge of deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She said this week would be a critical week in terms of Covid-19 in Ireland and the State was in the process of scaling up to conduct 15,000 tests a day on

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Irish government officials are working on a plan to set up temporary mortuary facilities to deal with an expected "surge" in deaths from the coronavirus.

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The details were outlined during a press briefing by Liz Canavan who works in the Department of the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister). 

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary for social policy for the Taoiseach, during a press conference to brief media on the latest measures Government Departments have introduced in response to Covid-19. Canavan confirmed temporary mortuary facilities are to be set up to deal with the surge in coronavirus deaths in Ireland. © Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Liz Canavan, assistant secretary for social policy for the Taoiseach, during a press conference to brief media on the latest measures Government Departments have introduced in response to Covid-19. Canavan confirmed temporary mortuary facilities are to be set up to deal with the surge in coronavirus deaths in Ireland.

Ms Canavan described the issue as very sensitive, according to Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

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"We are still in the preparation phase to deal with the surge when it comes."

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Ms Canavan is the department's assistant secretary for social policy.

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However, government and public health officials expect that the numbers infected will rise significantly in coming weeks.

Anyone who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, is advised to contact HSE Live via 1850 24 1850 or on the HSE website here

If you are unwell with a cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP

If you have a COVID-19 related travel query, you can call the dedicated advice centre on (01)613 1733.

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