First case of coronavirus is confirmed in Ireland
The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Ireland.
The patient is currently being treated in isolation at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after they arrived in the country through Dublin Airport.
It is understood the patient is an adult.
The news was confirmed during a briefing by Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency this evening.
The patient is receiving specialist care and the agency says they are working rapidly to identify any contacts they may have had in a bid to combat a possible spread. .
The agency said the patient had been to northern Italy and then travelled home to Northern Ireland through Dublin.
They said it would be “inappropriate” to reveal any personal details and would not answer questions about gender, age or where the patient is from.