March 19, 2020 / 6:28 PM / 14 days ago

Number of coronavirus cases in Ireland rises to 557 from 366

FILE PHOTO: A man walks with his dog on St. Patrick's Day as public events were cancelled due to the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland rose to 557 on Thursday from 366 a day earlier, the highest daily increase so far, the health department said.

“In broad terms, the total number of cases is not out of line with what we have predicted for the course of the week,” Ireland’s chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, told a news conference.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Chris Reese

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