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Cautious: Railway passengers in Shanghai wear full plastic bags in a bid to protect themselves from coronavirus. Photo: Aly Song/Reuters

Cautious: Railway passengers in Shanghai wear full plastic bags in a bid to protect themselves from coronavirus. Photo: Aly Song/Reuters

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Cautious: Railway passengers in Shanghai wear full plastic bags in a bid to protect themselves from coronavirus. Photo: Aly Song/Reuters

Ireland may be on red alert for cases of the coronavirus - but are we well prepared?

The challenge for our health service if a case hits is to detect the patient early, isolate them and crucially stop the spread of the infection, which kills around two in every 100 people who contract it.

The problem is that this may not be a tidy exercise and is likely to be very demanding.