The Department of Health has confirmed chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan has returned to work after a brief illness.
"The CMO is back at his desk," Elizabeth Canavan, assistant Secretary-General said at today's daily briefing on Government measures in response to Covid-19.
Dr Holohan was undergoing tests in hospital after he was seen clutching his chest by social media users during a Department of Health briefing on Tuesday night.
The CMO told RTÉ the tests in St James’s Hospital were not related to Covid-19 and he is in good spirits.
Dr Holohan has been giving daily updates to the media on the situation regarding the outbreak since it began last month. Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has been substituting for Dr Holohan since he took ill.
- The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
- 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;
- 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.
- ALONE has launched a national support line 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