A passenger was escorted out of a flight in Dublin Airport by a team of medics after showing Coronavirus symptoms.
The medics wearing protective suits in a major medical response, lined out awaiting the flight which came from Moscow, Russia and touched down Dublin airport at 9pm.
The passenger on board who was displaying “flu-like symptoms” and escorted from the plane into an ambulance with a fear it could be symptoms of Coronavirus.
The person was met by medics upon landing and it’s understood six ambulances were also present by the plane, reports claim the passenger was transported to the Mater Hospital where an isolation ward has been set up.
Other passengers on the flight were held on the plane for a number of hours afterwards.
Each of them was given a leaflet informing them of the potential Coronavirus case and advising them to “avoid contact with other people” tonight and ring 999 if they later display symptoms.
It read: “You have been on a flight from Moscow today with a possible case of novel Coronavirus.
“Please avoid contact with other people as much as possible tonight.
“If you become ill, especially with a cough, sore throat, breathlessness or high temperature please stay home or in you hotel room and phone a doctor or 999 for advice, mentioning that you are on this flight.
“A public health doctor will contact you tomorrow.”
A senior health source told Dublin Live: “The HSE can confirm that they have activated their airport protocols for an ill inbound passenger of concern.
“The criteria used to decide whether a person has contracted Coronavirus, combined with increased surveillance, will lead to some individuals being triaged and/or tested as necessary from time to time.
“There are no confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in Ireland to date. The risk of importation of a case into Ireland from another country is moderate according to ECDC.
“The HSE cannot comment on individual cases nor comment on speculation. No information will be provided about suspected cases of novel coronavirus other than confirmed cases.”
Currently, two cases of the virus confirmed in the UK while over 250 have died worldwide.