Patients Must Now Have Two Major Symptoms To Qualify For Coronavirus Test

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

There have been 204 new cases of coronavirus in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said on Tuesday.

THE seventh death from Covid-19 in Ireland has been announced.

The Department of Health has also launched a new COVID-19 Information Dashboard, providing up to date case information.

Some 26% of cases overall involve healthcare workers and Dublin has the highest number of cases (535), followed by Cork (123) cases.

"With the significant increase in testing that we have had, still only 6 per cent of those are confirmed cases, so 94 per cent of them are negative".

"As we learn more about this disease, we are prioritising who will be tested".

The latest county figures show that in Galway, five more people have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; "Priority groups for testing include close contacts of a confirmed case with symptoms, healthcare workers with symptoms and people who are vulnerable with symptoms".

24 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 172 and the total number of cases on the island of Ireland to 1,501.

"However, if you have the symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 and isolate yourself".

THE Department of Health has confirmed two more deaths and a further 219 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number of cases here to 1,125.

So far, 2,989 tests for the virus have been carried out in Northern Ireland.

"These deaths must never become mere statistics".

COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person's body fluids (e.g. droplets from coughing or sneezing), or by touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.

All non-essential retail outlets are to close to members of the public and all other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.

Schools and childcare facilities are to remain closed until 19 April. Social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be no more than 4, unless from the same household.

They include all theatres, clubs, gyms, hairdressers, betting offices, markets, and libraries.

All hotels are to limit their occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons.

Mr Varadkar thanked the public for listening to the advice on physical distancing and hand washing so far.

He said he was asking people "to stay at home if at all possible".

He described the actions as "unprecedented", however, he said he would not describe what is happening as a lockdown.

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