Seven more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland - bringing the total to 13.

For the first time, one person picked it up in the community and did not travel to northern Italy.

It's believed that this case in Cork is the country's the first community transmission, and the man is currently being treated at Cork University Hospital.

Elsewhere, two women in the West of Ireland got the illness from close contact with another confirmed case.

Reports indicate that these two new cases are linked to a GP, his wife and two children from Co Clare.

It emerged yesterday that the GP returned to normal practise after a skiing holiday in northern Italy, and also worked a shift in a busy hospital A & E Department.

Following news of the positive test on Wednesday night, protocols were implemented and a section of the emergency department was closed.

Public health doctors are now tracking down patients who could have been exposed to the virus after the doctor became infectious.

The couple and their son and daughter are being treated in hospital.

The other four confirmed cases of coronavirus are among males in the east of the country, and are associated with travel from northern Italy.


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