Breaking: First death from coronavirus confirmed in Ireland; WHO declares the virus outbreak a pandemic

Breaking: First death from coronavirus confirmed in Ireland; WHO declares the virus outbreak a pandemic
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THE first death has been recorded from coronavirus in Ireland.

A patient, a woman, has died from the virus in the east of the country. 

She had contracted the virus and is believed to have had an underlying illness.

She had been very ill for days but now has passed away. 

The number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise across Ireland and the latest figures are expected to be released by the government this evening. 

The World Health Organisation has now labelled the virus outbreak a pandemic.

EARLIER:

THE Mercy University Hospital has confirmed that three inpatients have tested positive for Covid 19.

In a statement, the hospital said: "Mercy University Hospital (MUH) confirms that it has three inpatients who have tested positive for Covid 19, all associated with travel to an infected region.  

"These patients were diagnosed in the community and had a co-ordinated, planned admission to MUH.  

"The patients are in a dedicated room in the hospital where they are receiving appropriate care. 

Aerial view of the Mercy Hospital
Aerial view of the Mercy Hospital

"The correct protective measures have been used at all times by all staff involved in caring for these patients."

Earlier, Lord Mayor John Sheehan, a GP based in Blackpool, said there has been “significant increase of calls” to GP surgeries in Cork from people concerned they may have contracted coronavirus.

“We’re encouraging people to ring and to be triaged and go through their symptoms, rather than coming down and presenting to the surgery,” the Lord Mayor told The Echo.

When people do make calls to the surgery, Dr Sheehan said that they are generally very calm: “A lot of it is more work-related queries and information.

"So, what might happen is it may be someone who is at work and they heard someone was possibly a case, and are wondering what to do.

“It may be someone who has a cold - but if you sneeze at work now, obviously there’s a concern - so their employer is taking precautions, so they’ve been asked to ring. A lot of it is fairly practical. It’s about information,” he said.

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