Tourism NI is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak. This is a global tourism issue and we are liaising with our colleagues in Tourism Ireland, VisitBritain, the Department for the Economy and industry bodies to provide advice and support as soon as we have it.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common across the world. These viruses can cause mild symptoms ranging from a fever and cough to more serious conditions such as severe pneumonia, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In December 2019, a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan City, China. This virus has now spread to other countries.
What is the situation in Northern Ireland?
As of 2pm on 11 March 2020, there have been 246 concluded tests since testing began, of which 228 were negative, and 18 were positive.
The Public Health Agency provides extensive up to date advice and we strongly recommend that industry and visitors alike check it regularly.
The Public Health Agency is working with partners across the UK including Public Health England, as well as the Department of Health and health trusts in Northern Ireland, and the health service in the Republic of Ireland, on the ongoing global novel coronavirus response.
Like seasonal flu, the same public health advice applies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus): if you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, throw it away carefully after use, and wash your hands.