March 9, 2020 / 3:44 PM / 21 days ago

Irish St. Patrick's Day parades cancelled over coronavirus - RTE

DUBLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - All Irish St. Patrick’s Day parades, including Dublin’s main celebration that draws around 500,000 revellers from all over the world each year, were cancelled on Monday due to the risk of a further coronavirus spread, local media reported.

Ireland has so far reported 21 coronavirus cases, including the first community transmission of the virus last week.

The decision was made following a meeting of a new cabinet sub-committee on coronavirus on Monday, a number of local media including RTE and Sky News reported

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Alison Williams

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