DUBLIN (AFP) – Ireland confirmed its first case of coronavirus after a man who had returned from northern Italy tested positive, the government said.
Health officials said the man, from the east of Ireland, was "receiving appropriate medical care" after they followed "established protocols" in testing and diagnosing him with COVID-19.
"The case is associated with travel from an affected area in northern Italy, rather than contact with another confirmed case," the Department of Health said in a statement.
The authorities were working rapidly to identify any contacts the patient may have had, "to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread," it added.
Health Minister Simon Harris said the development was "not unexpected". "We have been preparing for this since January," he added.
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread around the world, with cases now recorded in several dozen countries. More than 2,900 people have been killed and nearly 86,000 infected.
Qatar and Ecuador both confirmed their first cases on Saturday and the US announced the first death.
Ireland's Six Nations match with Italy in Dublin on March 7 was postponed this week due to the epidemic. Although Saturday saw its first confirmed case, neighbouring Northern Ireland — part of — had already recorded a positive test in recent days while mainland UK has seen 23 cases so far.
In the northern Irish case, the woman involved had travelled through Dublin Airport on her way home to Northern Ireland from northern Italy.
About 92 News HD Live Main TV Channel of Pakistan:
92 News (also known as 92 News HD Plus (Channel 92) is a conservative Urdu language TV channel based in Lahore, Pakistan.
Mian Muhammad Hanif is the chairman of the channel.
This TV channel is a subsidiary of Madinah Group under Galaxy Media Group.
The channel's name, 92, is to celebrate the 1992 Cricket World Cup won by Pakistan. The number 92 is also the telephone country calling code of Pakistan, which is another major reason behind the channel's name.
92 News HD is Pakistan’s first HD Plus News Channel. Aims to bring credible & responsible News & important stories from Pakistan & around the World
We bring you Latest Pakistani and International News at 92 News Hd Plus to Read and Watch
We believe in genuine and true journalism, we do not prevail sensation just for ratings.
We do not hide news but never tend to add any unethical content or angling that goes against the norms of our religion Islam and Pakistan's culture.
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