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A man wearing a protective mask walks on a street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Lima, Peru. Photo: REUTERS

A man wearing a protective mask walks on a street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Lima, Peru. Photo: REUTERS

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A man wearing a protective mask walks on a street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Lima, Peru. Photo: REUTERS

The Department of Foreign Affairs is trying to establish the number of Irish backpackers among those ordered into a 28-day quarantine at a hostel in Peru, where European citizens have tested positive for Covid-19.

At least one Irish citizen is among those affected by the lockdown of the hostel in the south eastern city of Cusco, which came in effect after two tourists tested positive for the virus, though the positive cases were not Irish.

Last night, the Irish embassy in Chile, which has responsibility for the Irish in Peru as there is no embassy there, revealed an Irish citizen has been caught up.

"Our ambassador spoke with the one Irish citizen staying at the same hostel and they will remain in constant contact over the coming days," it said.

It comes as the department confirmed around 35 Irish citizens remain stranded in various hostels, hotels and Airbnb locations there, after the military sealed off all borders.

Irish Independent


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