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Department of Health issues statement after two Irish citizens test positive for coronavirus
Experts insisted that Ireland is prepared for any outbreak of the disease .Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “We are continuing to monitor the situation globally.“While the overwhelming majority of cases to date have been reported in China, we continue to advance preparedness plans here in Ireland."We remain in a Containment Phase, and our actions are in line with guidance from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation.
The UK has tested hundreds more people for coronavirus amid fears of a global pandemic. Authorities said no new cases had been detected in Britain – but warned that the figure did not include four people flown back from Japan at the weekend.
It came as a seventh victim died in Italy, where an outbreak has gripped the north of the country in the biggest such incident outside Asia. South Korea is battling an even larger outbreak, with more than 800 infected, while at least a dozen people have died in Iran.
One expert warned that if those outbreaks could not be controlled a “pandemic” situation would be likely, precipitating further infections in “many other countries”.
Coronavirus: the third plane chartered by Paris has landed on French soil .
© LOU BENOIST / AFP This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows the "Normandy Garden" holiday center in Branville where nearly 30 French people returning from China will be welcomed as part of a plan to repatriate the COVID-19 coronavirus hot zone. The third plane chartered by France to repatriate 28 Chinese and 36 nationals from other European Union countries from China arrived at Paris Roissy airport, we learned from an airport source on Friday.
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