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Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Republic as ‘upgraded’ travel advice for Italy issued

RTE reports that the woman had returned from Northern Italy in recent days


A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

It is being reported that the woman who has contracted the disease had not been in contact with a student in Dublin.

A teenage boy was the first person to have been confirmed as having coronavirus at the weekend. He had returned from northern Italy.

The woman is also understood to have returned from northern Italy in recent days.

RTE is reporting that she is from the east of Ireland.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney said his department has upgraded its travel advice for Northern Italy.

He said, “for the moment we are advising against non-essential travel” to four regions.

His department, in an update, said: “There has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Italy. As a result, the Italian government has isolated the towns of Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano (which are in Lombardy) and Vo’ (which is in Veneto).

“In a wider area comprising Lombardy and Veneto, as well as Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont, certain public services, tourist attractions, bars, restaurants and/or cultural events etc. may be curtailed depending on decisions taken by local authorities.

” For the moment, we are advising against non-essential travel to the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna.”

The first – and only confirmed case to date – of coronavirus in Northern Ireland was in a patient who had travelled home from Italy via Dublin Airport.

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