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Coronavirus: school in the Republic of Ireland closed for 14 days

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The first coronavirus case in Northern Ireland was confirmed Thursday

A secondary school in the eastern part of the Republic of Ireland will close for 14 days due to worries about the coronavirus.

It comes when a man from the eastern part of the country was confirmed Saturday with coronavirus.

The national public health emergency team said that a risk assessment established that “all pupils and teachers are treated as close contacts in the confirmed case”.

A woman from Northern Ireland was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday.

Both had returned home from an affected area in Italy.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, said: “Public health doctors are in direct contact with the pupils, their parents and the staff involved.

“Patient confidentiality in this case, and in all cases, must be respected. The Department of Health will provide updated information if necessary.”

The Department of Education said: “The department is available to assist the school in any way necessary. The Departments of Education and Health are in regular contact.

“The closure of this school was a decision made for public health reasons after the risk assessment deemed it appropriate. All other schools will remain open.

“The departments will continue to communicate with all schools on this issue.”

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