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Taoiseach Says Irish Border Is Complicating Coronavirus Response

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1:15 PM - 14 Mar 2020



The Taoiseach says Ireland's response to the coronavirus has been complicated by having a border on the island.

Members of the Government and Northern Executive are meeting today to discuss the approach to combating the spread of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Health Minister Simon Harris members will attend the North-South Council meeting in Armagh.

They're joined by Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill and Health Minister Robin Swann.

The two jurisdictions' chief medical officers are also in attendance.

Speaking on his way into the meeting, Mr. Varadkar said: "This virus knows no border, knows no nationality - it's a problem for all of us.

As of yesterday evening, there were 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic and 29 in the North - a total of 119 across the entire island.

Currently, different approaches are being taken by the governments in both jurisdictions - schools have closed temporarily in the Republic, but they remain open in the North.

Last night, the Department of Foreign Affairs here updated its travel advice for Europe due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Irish citizens are now being advised to "exercise a high degree of caution" when travelling to other EU countries.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the decision had been made based on the "rapidly changing conditions & restrictions across a number of EU countries".

 



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