Latest: Test results due back on suspected coronavirus case at Cork University Hospital

Latest: Test results due back on suspected coronavirus case at Cork University Hospital
Test results on the suspected coronavirus casePic; Larry Cummins

Test results are expected back this evening for a patient at Cork University Hospital who it is feared may have coronavirus.

The Echo revealed today that a male patient at CUH was recently placed in an isolation unit amid concerns he could have the deadly virus.

Sources have told The Echo that an Irish man, aged in his early-to-mid 20s, who recently returned from China, presented at the hospital with symptoms similar to those of coronavirus.

It's understood he presented at Cork University Hospital and was assessed at the Medical Assessment Unit.

This assessment raised fears that he could have coronavirus and he was placed in isolation.

Tests were conducted and the results are expected back this evening.

Sources have told The Echo that the likelihood of the man having coronavirus is currently low, but that they are awaiting the results.

The Department of Health was contacted for comment on the suspected case but said there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland.

The Department did not confirm or deny if a suspected case was being assessed at CUH.

The case in Cork comes amid reports of a woman being placed in isolation in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) after presenting with symptoms similar to those of the coronavirus.

It is understood that the woman presented with respiratory problems and was immediately placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.

A volunteer stands in front of a Communist Party flag as he takes the temperature of a scooter driver at a roadside checkpoint in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.
A volunteer stands in front of a Communist Party flag as he takes the temperature of a scooter driver at a roadside checkpoint in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.

Reports suggest that while the woman is quite ill, her condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

A spokesperson for the Department told The Echo: “To date, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ireland.

“The Department does not comment on individual cases, other than confirmed cases.

“Ireland is well-positioned to detect and respond to a case of novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that might arise here,” she added.

It emerged today that Ireland is to spend half a million euros as part of global efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.

The money has been allocated to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is spearheading the international response.

It will be used to support countries in preparing for and responding to the potentially deadly infection.

The number of confirmed fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to more than 560 and the number of confirmed infections to over 28,000.

Around 24 countries now have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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