Covid-19 Concerns Finally Call Halt To St. Patrick’s Day Parades

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The Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade is to be called off after a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee on the Coronavirus amid fears about the spread of coronavirus

All St Patrick’s Day parades are to be cancelled after a cabinet sub committee meeting this afternoon.

The government has also approved a large financial package to respond to the spread of the Coronavirus.

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A large amount of that money will be set aside to provide sick pay supports for people who have to self-isolate.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been briefing opposition leaders this afternoon after meeting key Ministers and officials.

The city council have said that public welfare was paramount and cancellation was the correct decision.

There are 21 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State but Minister for Health Simon Harris said the outbreak here will become “very serious”, adding there was a moderate to high risk it could follow the progression of the outbreak in other European nations.

The Taoiseach has also cut short his annual trip to the US to stay in Ireland tomorrow before traveling to the White House on Wednesday.

Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has already been called off.