Coronavirus: Infant admitted to Northern Ireland hospital for testing
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Coronavirus: Infant admitted to Northern Ireland hospital for testing

AN INFANT is undergoing testing for the deadly Coronavirus at a hospital in Co Derry.

According to Belfast Live, the young child travelled from Hong Kong to Ireland with its parents last weekend.

However, shortly afterwards, the infant began to suffer respiratory problems.

After contacting the A&E department at Altnagelvin Hospital, the young child was admitted for testing on Thursday, February 6.

Upon arrival the baby and its parents were met by a medical team wearing medical hazmat gear and masks.

As per NHS protocol, the child has been placed in isolation while tests are carried out.

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A source told the news provider: "It will take a little time to get the results back which would allow the medical team to actively treat for the virus if the tests are positive.

"For now, the child is undergoing tests and being treated along lines of the protocol and the situation is under control."

15 suspected cases of the new coronavirus have been tested at the National Virus Reference Laboratory, health officials in Ireland have said.

There has been no confirmed case here to date, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Dr Tony Holohan , Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, said a confirmed case of the virus remains possible in Ireland.