The World Health Organisation says it would be a “fatal mistake” for any country to assume it won’t get cases of coronavirus.
Over 80,000 people in more than 40 countries have now been infected with Covid 19. There are still no confirmed cases in Ireland.
But head of the WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, says every country needs to be prepared:
“No country should assume it won’t get cases.”
“That could be a fatal mistake, and quite literally. This virus does not respect borders.”
The WHO is calling for “international cooperation” between countries to manage the tourism sector amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
They say any efforts need to be “measured and consistent, proportionate to the public health threat and based on local risk assessment”.
Meanwhile here the HSE has purchased 1.7 million masks in preparation for the spread of COVID-19.
It’s distributed additional protective equipment for staff to hospitals and GP offices.
HSE CEO Paul Reid said health officials have already secured a further supply for the future.
We’re very conscious the market would become volatile, so we’ve secured a significant number of incremental purchases to sustain us.
“However, we have locked down a supply with our suppliers for the future.”
The HSE has already confirmed they’re stepping up their campaign on the virus – with posters, leaflets and HSE staff to be posted at ports and airports in the coming weeks.