The first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland this evening.
According to the Department of Health, the patient is a male located in the eastern part of the country. The patient is presently receiving medical attention, according to The Journal.
Breaking News reports that the case is connected with travel from an affected area in northern Italy, as opposed to contact made with another confirmed case.
Dr Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, said in a statement released this evening,
“We have been preparing for this eventuality for many weeks now. Public health protocols have been in place since January and are operating effectively.”
Dr Holohan continued, “The health service is well used to managing infectious diseases and has robust measures in place.”
Dr John Cuddihy, Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said,
“The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patient may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.”