Dublin cancels St Patrick's Day parade

Dublin has canceled its St. Patrick’s Day parade amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, which has been diagnosed in 21 Irish patients thus far.

The cancellation of the March 17 parade, the largest in Ireland, comes the same day two more cases were confirmed in the country, the BBC reported, citing Irish broadcaster RTÉ. 

Both cases were community-transmitted rather than people who had returned from high-risk areas abroad, and one of them was seriously ill, according to the BBC.

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Five other people were diagnosed in Northern Ireland Sunday, bringing the total number of cases there to 12.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris told RTÉ that a moderate to high risk exists that the virus will follow a similar trajectory to other European Union nations, such as France, Germany and Italy, the last of which has been the epicenter of the virus in Europe.

Cork, which hosts the second-largest parade in Ireland, attracting up to 50,000 people, will also cancel its parade, according to the BBC.

A Saturday rugby match between France and Ireland was also postponed, according to the BBC.