A QUB student has been diagnosed with coronavirus
The University have released a statement
A Queen’s University Belfast student has tested positive for coronavirus.
They were part of two new diagnoses today, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland now to three, and six in RoI, following the first positive testing last week.
Four more cases of #coronavirus confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.
The cases are in two males and two females in west of country.
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) March 4, 2020
Both cases were confirmed by the Public Health Agency this afternoon.
It is understood that one patient had travelled from Northern Italy, where over 3000 cases have been recorded, whilst the other had been in contact with a patient in the UK who had tested positive.
In a statement, the university said that they are, ‘working with the Public Health Agency to ensure that anyone who has been in contact with the infected individual is identified and supported to receive medical attention if required, and to take all further steps to contain any further spread of the virus and to protect the welfare of all within the University community and the wider public’.
Where some schools and universities have been closed across Northern Italy, the statement reaffirmed students that the it will remain ‘open and operating as normal’.
Dr. Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health, described how both Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland remained unaffected due to still being within the containment phase.
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