Four news cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the North, bringing the total on the island of Ireland to 40.

 

Northern Ireland's Department of Health says all four new cases are adults.

 

One of the new patients recently travelled to northern Italy, while the three others are linked to a previously confirmed case that also travelled there.

 

There are now 16 confirmed cases in the north and 24 in the Republic.

 

Meanwhile, Business Minister Heather Humphreys has cancelled her St. Patrick's Day trip to the US over coronavirus.

 

Minister Humphreys was due to travel to San Francisco and Sacramento for a series of engagements.

 

However, she's now cancelled, saying businesses here are facing an unprecedented situation, and she wants to be in Ireland to support them.

 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit President Trump for the annual White House ceremony, while Ministers Simon Harris and Joe McHugh will remain in Ireland to deal with Covid-19.

 

Elsewhere, Mr. Michael Ring T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development has confirmed that he will not be travelling to Boston as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Overseas Programme.

 

Minister Michael Ring stated: “My name was in media publications as one of the Ministers travelling but this was incorrect. I am not travelling to Boston”.

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