St. Patrick’s Day Parades Called Off Around Ireland

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Kelby Crawford

Parades have been called off in Dublin, Cork, and Waterford following concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Three newly discovered cases were reported on Monday evening, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the Republic to 24. The new cases include three women who had contact with a confirmed case.  Fourteen of the 24 cases are associated with travel from an at-risk zone, seven came from contact with a confirmed case and two have arisen in the health service. Health officials say Ireland still has a relatively small number of mostly isolated, sporadic cases. It is planned to introduce a number of measures relating to individual and collective behavior but it was not to start these before they are necessary.  Chief medical officer, Tony Holohan states “The measures we deploy have to be deployed at the right time, otherwise people would become fatigued and their compliance would drop.” The new cases come after the Government agreed on an aid package of C3bn to deal with the public health and economic impact of coronavirus. It has also canceled all St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the State in a bid curb the spread of the virus. They believe this is the right decision, made in the best interests of their people and visitors.