In the US state of California, authorities are preparing to receive passengers aboard a virus-hit cruise liner held off San Francisco.
The vessel, which is carrying about 3,500 people from 54 countries, has docked in Oakland after five days stuck offshore.
The US has reported more than 560 coronavirus cases and 24 deaths.
Cases of the virus have been recorded in 34 states plus Washington DC.
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In addition earlier today, RTÉ News understands there are a number of Irish citizens on board the Grand Princess and that one of the senior crew members is Irish.
Since BBC's coverage this evening an updated RTE story was posted.