DUBLIN – Cancel St. Paddy’s?

St Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland should be cancelled as a means to avoid the potential spread of the deadly coronavirus, a leading international virologist has suggested. 

Professor John Oxford said yesterday that, just as the Chinese authorities had shelved New Year Celebrations in order to stem the reach of the virus, the Irish government should consider adopting similar measures ahead of its most festive day of the year. 

“The Government should take it a bit more seriously, I know you’ve got only one case [of the coronavirus], but it’s quite likely you’ve got the virus spreading around – this is pretty infectious,” Oxford told RTÉ radio. 

“It’s not like measles and it’s not quite as infectious as flu, it just moves quietly,” he added. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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