From RTE News.
The Cabinet Sub-Committee dealing with the Coronavirus has decided to cancel the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.
It follows an announcement from Cork City Council to cancel their parade.
The Cork parade is the second largest in the country with up to 2,000 people taking part and can attract up to 50,000 onlookers.
Opposition party leaders are currently meeting the Taoiseach in Government Buildings.
A press conference is expected to take place in Government Buildings later today.
Earlier today, Minister for Health Simon Harris said there is a moderate-to-high risk that Ireland will follow a pattern seen in other EU countries with regard to the Covid-19 outbreak such as Italy, France and Germany.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Harris said the coronavirus situation was very serious and was going to require not just a whole of government approach, but a whole of society approach.
The minister said he wanted people to know that every decision taken would not be political, saying it would be taken on public health advice.
Mr Harris added that the best possible way of dealing with the virus was to slow its spread. He said this involves good hygiene and efforts to encourage people to work from home.
Mr Harris said that new beds in the healthcare system will be funded and efforts to increase capacity, including making it more flexible to recruit more workers, will be made.
Mr Harris said the Cabinet sub-committee would make a decision on reducing the wait period for social welfare payments, for those who are told to self-isolate.
He said the decision to isolate coronavirus cases in hospitals rather than self-isolate at home is a clinical call, and currently allows health professionals an opportunity to study the virus, which is new.