Coronavirus: Two more cases confirmed in Northern Ireland with one linked to Queen’s University

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TWO more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, with one a postgraduate student at Queen’s University in Belfast.

It brings the total number of cases in the region to three – none are linked.

The student had recently returned from northern Italy and has been mixing with others at university, the BBC reports.

The other adult had been in contact with someone in the UK who had tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

There are a large number of students at Queen’s from north Antrim. Many stay in Belfast during the week and often return home at weekends and others travel to the university daily.

Queen’s said its major incident team had been convened and was putting in place the appropriate contingency measures.

“The university remains open and is operating as normal,” a spokesperson said. “The university will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

In a statement, a Queens spokesperson said they are working with the Public Health Agency to identify anyone who has been in contact with the student infected.

They said they are taking all appropriate steps to contain any further spread of the virus and protect the welfare of all those within the university community and the wider public.

“The university has provided online guidance for staff and students and encourages all members of the Queen’s community to follow the latest official guidance from the Public Health Agency and other relevant authorities.

“The university’s Major Incident Team has been convened and is putting in place the appropriate contingency measures which will be communicated to staff and students when appropriate,” a spokesperson said.

Health Minister Robin Swann said both patients are now receiving appropriate care.

He said Public Health Agency personnel are “working rapidly to identify contacts they may have had, with the aim of preventing further spread”.

 

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