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'The medic arrived at my house in a full hazmat suit' - an Irish patient reveals what it's like in coronavirus isolation


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Health workers wear a protective mask and suit as they stands next to a bus to screen passengers temperature at the German-Polish border in Swiecko, Poland. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Health workers wear a protective mask and suit as they stands next to a bus to screen passengers temperature at the German-Polish border in Swiecko, Poland. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

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Health workers wear a protective mask and suit as they stands next to a bus to screen passengers temperature at the German-Polish border in Swiecko, Poland. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

A man in the west of the country who has tested positive for the coronavirus has described how people "emptied from the hallways" as he arrived at a hospital for treatment.

The man, who spoke to the Irish Independent anonymously, is aged in his 50s and has no underlying medical issues. He contracted the virus through contact with a couple who had been to Italy.

He was told on Monday he had tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in a hospital isolation unit.