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First Case Of Covid-19 Identified In Northern Ireland

The first case of Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified in Northern Ireland. This news was further confirmed during a briefing by Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency earlier this evening.

We understand that the patient is receiving specialist care and the agency says they are working rapidly to identify those persons who may have come into contacts with the identified patient, latter who had visited northern Italy before travelling home to Northern Ireland through Dublin airport.

The patient is now in isolation at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The Public Health Agency would not comment further on whether the patient used public transport in their effort to travel from Dublin to Northern Ireland.

The Public Health Agency is liaising with public health bodies in the Republic in an attempt to identify persons who may have come into close contact with this patient. Staff will work closely with health colleagues here in the Republic to identify others who may potentially be at risk.

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