Coronavirus: Ireland should ‘look seriously’ at closing borders to keep new infections out

Ten more deaths and 200 new cases bring death toll in Republic of Ireland to 46 and case total to 2,615

Defence Forces vehicles transport personal protective equipment from  Dublin Airport after its arrival from China. Photograph: Tom Honan

Defence Forces vehicles transport personal protective equipment from Dublin Airport after its arrival from China. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government should consider closing the country’s borders to prevent new coronavirus infections coming into the State, one of the leading infectious diseases experts has said.

Dr Paddy Mallon, a consultant at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and professor of microbial diseases at UCD, said a major risk to the State was more new Covid-19 infections coming in.

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