Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled based on a recommendation from National Public Health Emergency Team.
All parades around the country are set to be called off in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier today Cork cancelled its parade which is the second largest in the country attracting up to 50,000 people.
The Cork City Council said public welfare was paramount and cancellation was the correct decision.
Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has welcomed the cancellation of the parade in Dublin.
“Common sense has prevailed,” he said.
“I’m sure there will be a great sigh of relief today.
“We can always have the parade later on in the year. It’s not about profit, it’s about people, it’s about their health and it’s about their well-being,”
21 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland so far, Northern Ireland has recorded five new cases, bringing the total there to 12.
More than 1,000 people have now been tested for the virus in the Republic.
Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical.
Generally, people need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person, within 1-2 metres, to be considered at-risk or a close contact.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization is that Covid-19 has an estimated global mortality rate of 3.4%.
Yesterday, the HSE said it cannot dispute forecasts that 1.9 million people in the Republic of Ireland may fall ill with coronavirus.