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'Coronavirus knows no borders' - Taoiseach calls for all-island response to outbreak

The Taoiseach says Ireland's response to the coronavirus has been complicated by having a border on the island.

Government ministers and the chief medical officer are meeting their Northern Irish counterparts in Armagh this afternoon.

In total, 119 people have now tested positive for the virus on the island of Ireland.

All schools, colleges and creches have been closed in the Republic, but they remain open in the North where a different approach is being taken.

Speaking on his way into the North-South Ministerial Council, Leo Varadkar says that's made our response to the pandemic more difficult:

“This virus knows no borders, knows no nationality, it is a problem for all of us,” he said.

Our response to that is complicated by the fact that we have two jurisdictions on this island, but that is all the more reason why we have to meet, have to work together, have to co-operate and share information.

[ul][b]Useful information[/b] [li]The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here [/li] [li]Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department - if this is not possible, phone 112 or 999 and in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999[/li] [li]ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024[/li] [/ul]