The National Public Health Emergency Team has issued a notice re the Coronavirus saying the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as a public health emergency of international concern.
The designation strengthen support from the WHO to the Chinese authorities in their response.
This declaration was anticipated based on the ongoing assessment of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
The declaration stresses the importance of the preparedness and plans that are already in place in Ireland.
Ireland will continue to monitor the situation and to participate in the international assessment of response to this novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) through the European Centre for disease control and the WHO.
Ireland is well positioned to detect and respond to a case of the novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV) that might arise here.
As yet there have been no confirmed cases in Ireland.