Schools, universities and other open offices in the Republic of Ireland are to shut in the wake of the coronavirus flare-up.
Taoiseach (Irish head administrator) Leo Varadkar said the measures would produce results from 18:00 on Thursday to 29 March.
The principal demise connected to coronavirus has been recorded in the Republic of Ireland.
The old lady passed on in a Dublin medical clinic on Wednesday.
Mr Varadkar said schools, universities and childcare offices will close from Friday.
He said indoor mass social occasions of in excess of 100 individuals and outside get-togethers of in excess of 500 individuals ought to be dropped.
He included that where it is conceivable to work remotely individuals ought to do as such.
Mr Varadkar said general society and organizations expected to adopt a reasonable strategy, including that the Irish bureau would meet later and that Northern Ireland and GB would be advised.