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One of the four Clare patients being treated for the coronavirus is a healthcare professional.

On Thursday evening it was confirmed that of the four new cases on the island of Ireland, one of them is a healthcare professional.

Part of a family group that recently travelled to Northern Italy, the male is believed to have come into contact with patients in the past week.

Individuals who were treated by the man are being contacted by the HSE. They have confirmed the process of getting in touch with close contacts of the family group is underway.

As a result of this case, healthcare professionals will now be asked not to return to work for 14 days after travelling to such regions, depending on where they have been.

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Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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