February 29, 2020 / 9:24 PM / a month ago

Ireland has first confirmed case of coronavirus - health department

DUBLIN, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Health authorities in Ireland on Saturday confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus and said it was associated with travel from an affected area in northern Italy.

The patient, a man in the eastern part of the country, is receiving appropriate medical care, Ireland’s health department said in a statement.

The British region of Northern Ireland, which shares an open border with the Irish republic, confirmed its first and so far only case of the virus on Thursday.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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