Ireland's St Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled as the authorities seek to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Irish Times said the decision was made following a meeting of the new Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 and followed advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team.
There are now 24 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland with 14 cases associated with travel from an at-risk zone, seven from contact with a confirmed case and two in the health service. Three cases are the result of community transmission for which there is as yet no explanation.
The Irish Times said the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin draws nearly 500,000 people and were expected to generate €73 million for the economy.
The last time St Patrick’s Day parades were cancelled was due the foot and mouth restrictions in 2001.
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