By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Ireland’s Health Services Executive (HSE) announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland. They are receiving treatment in hospital. Infection prevention measures are in place.

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Public health specialists are working to identify people they were in contact with for advice and follow-up.

The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low. This may change. However, most people may continue to go to work, school and other public places, as usual.

In the UK, Public Health England reports a total of 10,483 people have been tested in the UK, of which 10,460 were confirmed negative and 23 positive.

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A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.