As much as 14 members of the identical Iraqi household at centre of Covid cluster in Sligo
30/06/2020 – 02:34
By Neil Michael
One in all a lot of travel-related Covid-19 clusters in Eire includes “as much as” 14 members of the identical household, the Irish Examiner can reveal.
The infections are believed to stem from the arrival again into Eire final week of a Sligo town-based household of three.
Though not named, the cluster across the household was referenced on Monday night time.
Then, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan mentioned he’s “very involved” about new instances being imported from overseas.
He particularly identified there was a brand new travel-related cluster within the north west of the nation because of folks returning to Eire from Iraq.
The Irish Examiner has realized the person on the centre of the cluster is Hamza Orang.
The 28-year-old returned to Eire final Monday week together with his spouse Shirin, 26, and their one-year-old daughter Nila from their native Iraq, the place they’d been since final February.
They have been collected on the airport by Hamza’s brother, Sligo city barber Hemen, who drove them dwelling to Sligo.
On arrival, they have been greeted by shut members of the Orang household.
They included Hamza’s father, Hoshmat, who’s 55 and has a string of under-lying well being circumstances.
Final Tuesday, the day after he arrived again, Mr Orang, his spouse and youngster have been examined.
The outcomes got here again constructive final Thursday.
Different relations obtained themselves examined and it now transpires that as much as 14 of them have examined constructive.
They embody Hamza’s brother Hemen, who had collected him at Dublin Airport, and their older brother and his sister-in-law.
In addition they embody his personal mom and an aunt.
Though all people is “high-quality” and never exhibiting any signs, Hamza’s spouse has been hospitalised “as a precaution”.
“For the time being, all people is okay,” Hemen mentioned. “No person is exhibiting any indicators of Covid-19.
“However all people is self-isolating.”
Hemen has closed down his Sligo city barber store The Boston Barber as a precaution. Though employees have been all examined, none of them examined constructive.
Earlier than Dr Holohan referenced Mr Orang’s case, incorrect details about it had began to flow into on Fb.
“There’s quite a lot of incorrect info being circulated about this,” Hemen Orang, mentioned.
“My brother left Eire again in February earlier than there was any official Covid-19 case within the nation.
“Hindsight is a superb factor however on the time, the airports have been nonetheless open, there have been not one of the restrictions that adopted and a great deal of folks have been flying out and in of Eire.” It was, he mentioned, whereas they have been over there that “issues obtained critical” and the borders have been closed.
With the latest gradual rest of journey restrictions world wide, his brother and his spouse returned.
“He did the whole lot he was informed – he stuffed out the required contact type at Dublin Airport and he returned to Sligo to self isolate,” Hemen mentioned.
“He had a meal in my father or mother’s home after which he returned to the condominium he lives in together with his spouse and youngster. The following day, on Tuesday, he went for a check and he then returned to his condominium.
“He obtained the consequence on Thursday and he has remained in self-isolation ever since.” He added: “We’d by no means knowingly do something to hazard different folks, not to mention our personal households.
“My father is within the in danger class as is my spouse, who is because of give delivery in two weeks. I’ve lived in Sligo for 15 years now, and the city has been good to me.
“When my brother got here again, he was completely high-quality. If he had any thought he had it, he would have stayed in Iraq moderately than convey it again right here.”