A Co Cork town has cancelled its St Patrick’s Day festivities due to fears of Covid-19 spreading in the area.
A day after the first confirmed case of the virus in the Rebel County, it was announced that the parade in Youghal will not go ahead.
In a statement, the volunteer group Youghal 4 All group said:
“It is with deep regret that Youghal 4 All has found themselves in the position of having to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to our concerns about COVID-19.
“The festivities in Youghal on St. Patrick’s Day have always been well supported and it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the rich and varied culture of the town.
“We would like to apologise to the public, clubs, groups, societies and businesses affected by this decision but feel that we must act in the best interests of public health and safety.”
There are currently 13 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Ireland, all of whom are currently being treated in hospital.
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