COVID-19: Passengers contacted after first NI case

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Everyone in close contact with a woman diagnosed with NI’s first case of coronavirus has been notified, health officials have said.

Ireland’s Department of Health said that includes passengers on a plane that the woman travelled in from Italy to Dublin earlier this week.

The Public Health Agency confirmed the first case of the virus on Thursday.

Officials worked overnight to identify those who were potentially exposed to the illness.

The BBC understands that the woman is now at home and the child has been tested and is awaiting results.

Aer Lingus confirmed to RTÉ that the woman travelled on one of its flights.

It said it would continue to assess the situation based on guidance received.

It is understood the woman travelled to Dublin’s Connolly Street station by bus before travelling to Northern Ireland by train.

Dr Sarah Doyle, consultant in public medicine at the Health Service Executive in Ireland, said everyone who was in close or casual contact with the patient had been telephoned or emailed.

They had been given appropriate advice on what action to take, said Dr Doyle.

“The people in the closest contact, within two rows, are the people we identify as close contacts and they have been contacted by phone and given appropriate advice about self isolation at home and what to do if they develop symptoms,” Dr Doyle told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

She added that this included people who may have come into contact with the passenger on her journey from Dublin to Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride said the patient diagnosed with the illness had contacted a GP and had taken steps to self-isolate.

Read more at BBC News

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