February 25, 2020 / 6:58 PM / 2 months ago

Rugby-Irish govt says Italy fixture should be cancelled due to coronavirus

DUBLIN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Ireland’s minister for health said on Tuesday its Six Nations rugby fixture against Italy scheduled for March 7 in Dublin should not go ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

“The very clear view of the public health emergency team was that this game should not go ahead,” Simon Harris told national broadcaster RTE.

More than 280 cases have been diagnosed in Italy, making it the worst-hit country in Europe.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; editing by John Stonestreet

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