March 12, 2020 / 11:07 AM / 2 months ago

Ireland set to close schools, universities over coronavirus - Irish Times

DUBLIN, March 12 (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is shortly expected to announce the closure of schools and universities and outline restrictions on public transport in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the Irish Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

The government called a news conference for 1130 GMT for an update on Ireland’s preparedness and protocols. Varadkar is set to make a statement before then from the United States, where he is due to meet President Donald Trump on Thursday, national broadcaster RTE said. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet)

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