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More Than 200 New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

07:46 25 Mar 2020


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There have been 235 new cases of coronavirus in Ireland today.

Two more people have also died.

The patients are a woman in the east, with an underlying health condition, and a man also in the east.

There have now been nine COVID-19 related deaths here.

It brings the total number of cases to 1,564.

Earlier it was confirmed that patients will now need to meet revised criteria to qualify for a COVID-19 test - including displaying two major symptoms of the virus.

Patients must have a fever and at least one respiratory symptoms (such as a cough or shortness of breath) to be referred for testing, after Ireland yesterday adopted the World Health Organisation case definition.

Contacts of a confirmed case, healthcare staff and vulnerable groups will be prioritised for testing.

Earlier Leo Varadkar said he no longer thinks there will be 15,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ireland by the end of the month - but he is continuing to urge people not to be complacent.

It comes as the number of deaths from coronavirus in the UK has risen to 437.

Six more deaths in Scotland take the total there to 22, Wales announced five more deaths, and Northern Ireland said its total had increased to seven.

Spain now has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world - with more than 3,400.


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