Cork City Council issue update on St Patrick's Day parade amid ongoing coronavirus scare

Cork City Council issue update on St Patrick's Day parade amid ongoing coronavirus scare

Pictured is a traveller wearing a face mask as they traverse Dublin Airport, where a public awareness campaign for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is being activated today. 

CITY Hall has said the St Patrick's Day parade will go ahead unless further advice to the contrary is issued by health experts. 

Amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, Cork City Council said it is continuing its preparations for the parade and is looking forward to St Patrick's festival, which will take place from Friday 13 to Tuesday 17 March.

In a statement, the council said: "Our absolute priority is the health and safety of those in attendance. 

Pictured is Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD speaking to media as he visited Dublin Airport to meet staff who are activating the public awareness campaign for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie
Pictured is Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD speaking to media as he visited Dublin Airport to meet staff who are activating the public awareness campaign for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

"Therefore as the international coronavirus ( COVID -19) outbreak is evolving rapidly, we will await the guidance of the expert subgroup which has been set up by National Public Health Emergency Team to develop criteria for the risk assessment of mass gatherings.

"If there is any change in our position, updates will be issued."

The first case of coronavirus on the island of Ireland was confirmed last night. 

A woman had flown into Dublin and then travelled to Northern Ireland by public transport where she was confirmed to have the virus. 

In Britain, experts had warned that mass gatherings including sporting events and concerts could face cancellations for at least two months.

A worker wearing a protective suit enters a high school to spray disinfectant in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece/
A worker wearing a protective suit enters a high school to spray disinfectant in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece/

As the 19th case of coronavirus was confirmed in the UK, experts have warned of school closures and cancelled events as the disease spreads.

Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, said there could be a "social cost" if the virus intensifies.

"One of the things that's really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we're going to have to do for quite a long period of time, probably more than two months," he said.


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