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Explainer: What do the latest developments in the spread of coronavirus mean for Ireland?

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People wearing masks to help protect against coronavirus in Tehran in Iran (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

People wearing masks to help protect against coronavirus in Tehran in Iran (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

People wearing masks to help protect against coronavirus in Tehran in Iran (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

Concern about the spread of the new coronavirus seems to have escalated sharply in recent days.

Why?

The large outbreak in Italy is very unsettling. At least 190 people in Italy's north have tested positive for the virus and six have died, including an 84-year-old man who died overnight in Bergamo. None of the people were in China.

Officials still have not identified the person who brought the infection to Italy.