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Covid-19 Cases In Republic Of Ireland More Than Doubles In 24 Hours

Seven more cases of coronavirus have been identified in the Republic of Ireland - bringing the total number diagnosed with Covid- 19 to 13.

Four males in the east picked it up after travelling, and two females in the west got it from close contact with another confirmed case.

It's still unclear where another man from Cork, contracted Covid 19.
He's being treated at Cork University Hospital, where outpatient appointments have been cancelled and visitor restrictions are in place.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says this patient may be the first community transmission case here.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stepaside won't be going ahead in South Dublin after locals raised concerns.

Stepaside Business Association's cancelled the event due to the Coronavirus.

Organisers believe it's in everyone's best interest to call it off now and give as much notice as they can to everyone.

The Taoiseach says there isn't a case for widespread flight bans because of the Coronavirus.

Leo Varadkar says the evidence is that it wouldn't be effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

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