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Ireland Closes Down Pubs Ahead Of St. Patrick’s Day Due To Coronavirus

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In an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus, Ireland has shut down pubs and bars ahead of this week’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day [Tuesday, March 17, 2020]. In addition, the Irish government has also banned mass gatherings in the country.

The Republic of Ireland has reported a total of 169 cases of coronavirus – 40 new cases this past weekend – along with two reported deaths.

The current pub closure is to be in effect until March 29, 2020 – when a review of the situation will determine the next steps.

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