Sligo family

  • An Iraqi national, living in Sligo, says he and his family have been subject to racial abuse, after up to 14 family members tested positive for coronavirus.

    The case relates to the cluster in the north-west referred to yesterday evening by the chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

    28-year-old Hamza Orang returned to Ireland last Monday week with his wife and their one-year-old daughter from their native Iraq, where they had been since last February.

    They were collected at the airport by Hamza’s brother, Sligo town barber Hemen, who drove them home, and on arrival, they were greeted by close members of the Orang family.

    The day after he arrived back, Mr Orang, his wife and child were tested, and the results came back positive last Thursday.

    Other family members got themselves tested and a number of them have tested positive.

    They're now self-isolating in their homes in Sligo.