An Iraqi national, living in Sligo, has said he and his family have been subject to racial abuse, after members of his family tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hemen Orang has moved to clarify the circumstances behind the family members contracting the virus. These are the cluster cases in the North West referred to last evening by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan.
In an exclusive interview with the North West Today show, he says it is not the case that family members travelled to Sligo by bus, after arriving at Belfast Airport en route from Iraq.
Mr Orang says he collected his brother and his family from Dublin Airport on 22nd June last. They had travelled back from Iraq where they had been since last Februray.
He says the subsequent obligatory testing revealed that his brother had Covid-19, and follow-up tests in Sligo revealed that his brother’s wife and young child were also affected.
All three family members, and extended family members, are currently self-isolating at their houses in Sligo Town.
Mr Orang is the proprietor of the Boston Barber premises in Sligo……
Mr. Orang says his family have suffered racial abuse on social media since details of the case were made public…….