Statement by Health Minister Robin Swann on Coronavirus

Date published: 01 March 2020

Health Minister Robin Swann is closely liaising with colleagues in the Republic of Ireland and is being kept updated on developments.


The Minister said: “We will continue to co-operate on contact tracing and other vital steps as we work relentlessly to mitigate the spread of COViD 19. Earlier today, the First Minster, deputy First Minister, Taoiseach, Minister Harris and myself spoke together by teleconference. We underlined our commitment to continued cooperation between respective Departments and public health organisations on both sides of the border.  I also spoke with Minister Harris again this evening.


“Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride has been briefed by the Chief Medical Officer in the Republic of Ireland, Dr Tony Holohan, on the confirmed case announced tonight.

“Positive test results had been anticipated on both sides of the border and we have repeatedly made clear it was a question of when not if.  I have full confidence in the expertise and commitment of our public health professionals and pay tribute to everyone working hard to contain the spread of this virus and keep us well.”

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