March 19, 2020 / 9:05 PM / in 19 days

Irish PM says schools could stay closed until May

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives for the second day of the European Union leaders summit, held to discuss the EU's long-term budget for 2021-2027, in Brussels, Belgium, February 21, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s schools could stay closed until May with a big rise in coronavirus cases expected over the coming days as testing ramps up, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told a meeting of his Fine Gael party on Thursday.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Sandra Maler

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