A national school in Co Clare has been closed for two weeks as 4 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the country last night.

The Clare Echo has reported  that all four cases are a family in North-West Clare who had travelled to Northern Italy before returning home.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan confirmed the family are being treated in an isolation unit but would not confirm the location.

A closure notice for the school read: “As a precaution school is closed from tomorrow (Thursday) for fourteen days re-opening 18th March. Public health doctors will contact you individually from tomorrow on”.

The news brings the total of confirmed cases of COVID-19  in the Republic to six, with another three cases in the north.

The HSE has advised anyone who has “returned from a country or region with spread of COVID-19” to  visit their website for advice