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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Here’s a roundup of all the news that happened today.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

IRELAND

060Food Shopping Empty shelves in a Lidl in Dublin today. Source: RollingNews.ie

  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that schools, colleges and childcare facilities across the country will close from tomorrow until 29 March. 
  • A further 27 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Ireland this evening.
  • There have been a lot of closures and cancellations – most gigs, every GAA match and even Coppers – due to Covid-19. 
  • Supermarkets and government ministers warned people against “panic” buying today as shelves across the country were cleared of essential supplies. 
  • A man who claimed he had been wrongly and maliciously accused of “spooning” with his girlfriend in a hospital bed lost a €75,000 damages claim for defamation. 
  • Ian Bailey appeared in court charged with drug driving and drug possession.  
  • Gardaí arrested a man in relation to the attack on Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney. 
  • Roads in Sligo were closed and an orange warning was issued for Mayo as roads were flooded across the country.  

INTERNATIONAL

taoiseach-visit-to-the-us Leo Varadkar and Donald Trump greeting each other without handshakes today in the US. Source: PA

#DELAY: The UK moved into the next stage of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

#WHITE HOUSE: US President Donald Trump met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the oval office today after Trump banned travel from most EU countries to the US. 

#CELEBRITY CASE: Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson confirmed they tested positive for Covid-19. 

Parting shot 

Today has been… a lot. Schools were closed, workplaces prepared to function at home where possible and 27 more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland.

If you want to just tune out the noise for a little bit, look no further than this serene page from the New York Times.

For four peaceful minutes, relax, pet a (virtual) dog and just take some time to breathe. 

crufts-dog-show-day-four Tibetan Spaniel dogs at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham last Sunday. Source: Jacob King

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