Five new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the North.

It brings the total number of cases there to 34 and 124 on the whole island of Ireland.

Earlier today, Government ministers and the chief medical officer met with their Northern Irish counterparts to discuss efforts to stop the spread of covid-19.

As things stand, there are no plans yet to shut schools, childcare facilities, colleges and universities in the north as has happened in the Republic.

The Tanaiste says Irish citizens should exercise a high degree of caution when making travel plans particularly in Europe.

In a statement, Simon Coveney says a growing number of countries are also imposing restrictions on entry and exit.

His department is now advising against non-essential travel to the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia.

It'll also be providing additional guidance on Spain, which remains at non-essential travel, while Italy remains at no travel.  

The Department's consular advice line will be open through the weekend and Irish embassies and consulates will be using social media to keep citizens informed.

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