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Coronavirus strikes up to 20 people after family gathering in border village

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It comes as figures show the number of clusters being detected in private households in the Republic is rising rapidly (Simon Dawson/PA)

It comes as figures show the number of clusters being detected in private households in the Republic is rising rapidly (Simon Dawson/PA)

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It comes as figures show the number of clusters being detected in private households in the Republic is rising rapidly (Simon Dawson/PA)

Almost 20 members of one family who live in small border village have tested positive for coronavirus after gathering to mark the one-month anniversary of a relative who died from the illness.

The family, who live on the Republic side of the border, lost an elderly relative four weeks ago and some of the extended family recently got together to commemorate her passing.

The virus is believed to have spread among those who gathered, who returned to their respective households and passed it on to other family members, including several young children.