18:13 Friday, 13 March 2020
20 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic, bringing the number of infections to 90.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said;
“The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor the ongoing threat of this virus and will take actions where necessary.
“For people returning from areas affected by COVID-19, we strongly encourage the individual to restrict their movements.”
Six of the cases are associated with travel while twelve are associated with contacts of confirmed case; 4 of which are healthcare workers.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We appreciate these measures have a significant impact on the daily lives of families. However, they are necessary for the public good.
“Parents should try and avoid arranging play dates for groups of young children at this early stage of the outbreak.
“However, rather than staying indoors, consider outdoor activities such as playing football in the open in small groups of 3 or 4 while maintaining social distancing of 2 metres.
“This is a time to be mindful of the public health guidelines and apply these measures to your daily lives.”