Coronavirus: 69 new cases on quietest St Patrick’s Day

Retail Excellence Ireland warns another 200,000 people could be laid off in sector as a result of coronavirus outbreak

17th March, 2020
Coronavirus: 69 new cases on quietest St Patrick’s Day
New Zealand tourists Kaye Cook and Judy Anne Smith outside Trinity College Dublin today. Picture:

A uniquely quiet St Patrick’s Day with empty streets and closed businesses illustrated the extent of economic hibernation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It came as 69 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the Republic, taking the total to 292. The National Public Health Emergency Team said 48 were associated with the east, 13 with the south, five with the north-west and three with the west. Twenty-nine were male, 40 female.

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