Friday, March 27, 2020

An Irish tourist is in quarantine in Peru, after two other guests staying at the same hostel tested positive for Covid-19.

The tourist is one of a number of Irish citizens who have been stranded in the South American country after it closed its borders and suspended flights in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Irish Government says it is working to try to organise a flight to bring them home.

Vet Lorna Moore is one of those stuck in the Peruvian capital Lima.

She said that while the embassy has been in regular contact, they have been unable to provide them with any news.

“It’s pretty much the same email saying that they’re working on getting flights organised and to be patient with them,” she said.

“But that’s all we’re being told.

“There’s no dates or times about when flights are going to be in. Originally at the start of the week we thought it was going to be Tuesday or Wednesday…but obviously that hasn’t happened.”

[ul][b]Useful information[/b]
[li]The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it [url=https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html]here[/url] [/li]
[li]Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;[/li]
[li]GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.[/li]
[li]ALONE has [burl=987612]launched a national support line[/burl] and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024[/li]
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