The first death linked to coronavirus in Ireland has been confirmed. The woman who contracted the virus died in a hospital in the east of the country.
The woman is one of 34 people to have contracted the virus so far in Ireland. The woman was elderly and had an underlying illness.
She was being treated in hospital initially for respiratory problems, when she was diagnosed with COVID 19.
It’s been confirmed that she has sadly passed away in a hospital in the east of the country. It comes as two new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland with 18 cases in the north.
We are entering a new phase in #Covid19. I fully support our hospitals who have to make decisions on restricting visitors based on clinical risk, patient and public safety. Please do as we urge and our ask will increase as we progress. @HSELive
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) March 11, 2020