Coronavirus worries cancel Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Chicago’s world-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled over coronavirus fears, city officials said Wednesday.

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An estimated 2 million revelers flood Chicago every year for the event, making it the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

New York City’s annual march up Fifth Ave. is a close second with nearly 2 million spectators.

Cook County officials announced eight new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and statewide the number of infected has climbed to 19.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to an Associated Press tally, jumped Wednesday to more than 1,000 — with at least 30 of them fatal. No deaths have been reported in Illinois.

New York City is still holding its March 17 parade, although Mayor de Blasio has said the decision is being weighed “hour by hour.”

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