HSE staff are handing out leaflets at ports and airports around the country today to raise awareness about the spread of the coronavirus.

Authorities here have begun stepping up their information campaign as the number of countries at risk of an outbreak increases.

Two more people in England have tested positive for Covid 19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 15.

In Italy, more than 400 people have been diagnosed with the virus after an outbreak in the North of the country.

Here at home, the president of the Irish Medical Organisation Dr. Padraig McGarry says the more important method is to make people aware as the risk is very high in Ireland.

Dr. McGarry says we cannot stop it from arriving in Ireland but the spread needs to be limited.

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