12 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

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Michael Fisher

There will be no St Patrick’s Day parades in the main towns of County Monaghan this year as Ireland attempts to deal with the onset of coronavirus.

Monaghan County Council says that owing to the unique nature and scale of the annual 17th March festivities, in terms of size, and because they involve the mass gathering of local and international travellers, the government has decided that all parades on St Patrick’s Day will not proceed.

This is because of the continued progression of community transmission of the virus in some European countries, along with the emergence of a small number of cases of local transmission in the Republic. This is based on the advice of the national Public Health Emergency Team. As we went to press on Wednesday, the total number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in the Republic stands at 34.

There are 16 diagnosed cases in Northern Ireland, all linked with travel to northern Italy, but no cases of community transmission.

Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan reassured the public that 98% of people tested so far have been found to be negative. As the situation progresses, Irish residents have been advised…

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