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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Ireland

28 February 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Ireland

Information for Ireland


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The National Public Health Emergency Team is monitoring the situation in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Ireland has advanced plans in place as part of its comprehensive preparedness to deal with public health emergencies such as Covid-19 (Coronavirus). These plans have helped to respond to previous incidents such as pandemic influenza, SARS and MERS.

In the containment phase, the focus is on all cases no matter how mild.

In the mitigation phase, the focus is on cases experiencing the most severe symptoms.

Containment Strategy: Ireland is currently in a containment phase. This means that, irrespective of case severity, all efforts are focused on identifying cases and their contacts early, in order to prevent further transmission (secondary spread).

Mitigation Strategy: Ireland is prepared to initiate a second phase, if necessary, called the mitigation phase. This will be activated where containment is no longer effective in controlling the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). In this phase, the focus will be on identifying the cases who are most severely unwell.

Ireland will continue to monitor the global developments of this new virus and respond accordingly.

  • To find out more about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) visit the HSE website here
  • To find out more about Ireland’s preparedness visit the Department of Health website here
  • For travel advise visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website here
  • For latest updates from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre visit here
  • Guidance from the WHO can be viewed here

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