Minister to meet IRFU over proposed cancellation of Ireland-Italy match

The country’s Chief Medical Officer is defending its advice for Ireland to cancel its Six Nations Match against Italy.

The Health Minister and IRFU will meet later to discuss the proposed cancellation over fears of the coronavirus spreading.

So far 11 people have died in Italy from Covid-19.

Irish people returning from four regions in the country are being advised to self-isolate if they feel unwell.

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr. Tony Holohan, says cancelling the match would be the responsible decision:

Meanwhile, four people have tested positive for coronavirus at a hotel in Tenerife where hundreds of people are in quarantine, including Irish tourists. Tenerife based journalist Cliodna O’Flynn says all four people were travelling in the same group from Italy.

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland have reported their first cases of the virus, as authorities in Italy try to slow the spread of the illness. Italy insists its neighbours won’t be closing their borders.