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UK identifies two cases of Omicron Covid variant
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UK identifies two cases of Omicron Covid variant

Updated 30 minutes ago 84,418 Views 84 Comments

The new variant of Covid-19 has been deemed a high risk by the EU.

Prof Ruairí Brugha: Four questions people have about Ireland's approach to Covid-19 right now
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Prof Ruairí Brugha: Four questions people have about Ireland's approach to Covid-19 right now

10 hours ago 32,831 Views 37 Comments

People need hope – but they also want answers about what’s happening with Covid in Ireland right now, writes Prof Ruairí Brugha.

People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine
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People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine

Updated 23 hours ago 125,586 Views 57 Comments

Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands are among countries to have already banned visitors from South Africa.

Coronavirus: 4,620 new cases confirmed in Ireland
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Coronavirus: 4,620 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Fri 5:59 PM 57,433 Views 50 Comments

Two groups representing doctors released a statement this evening urging people to follow the public-health measures.

Rumours of a mid-December lockdown abound but here's why no-one actually knows if it's happening
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Rumours of a mid-December lockdown abound but here's why no-one actually knows if it's happening

Fri 5:52 PM 61,575 Views 43 Comments

Rumours of a Christmas lockdown have been swirling on social media in recent days.

Explainer: What do we know about the new Covid variant and how worried should we be?
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Explainer: What do we know about the new Covid variant and how worried should we be?

Fri 2:34 PM 46,533 Views 66 Comments

The B.1.1.529 variant has first been found in cases in parts of Africa and Asia.

'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar
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'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar

Updated Fri 2:00 PM 25,509 Views 23 Comments

The HSE’s Paul Reid has urged people waiting on a test to continue to isolate for at least 48 hours after symptoms end.

Justice Minister says mandatory hotel quarantine could return over new Covid-19 variant
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Justice Minister says mandatory hotel quarantine could return over new Covid-19 variant

Fri 12:00 PM 70,926 Views 119 Comments
  • Health Minister Stephen Donnelly 'deeply concerned' by new variant.
  • Concern rises over transmissibility of variant and its impact on vaccines.
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says EU wants to stop air travel from southern Africa.
Booster vaccines approved for all adults: Pregnant women and 40 to 49s next in line for jabs
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Booster vaccines approved for all adults: Pregnant women and 40 to 49s next in line for jabs

Fri 11:27 AM 64,437 Views 99 Comments

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said a significant amount of planning will be required now.

Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant
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Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant

Updated Thu 10:50 PM 101,046 Views 123 Comments

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is “deeply concerned”, about the new variant.

Dr Anthony O'Connor: Govt needs to admit if public-private partnerships are now the model for healthcare
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Dr Anthony O'Connor: Govt needs to admit if public-private partnerships are now the model for healthcare

Updated Thu 10:20 PM 23,623 Views 38 Comments

The Consultant Gastroenterologist and former member of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council says the government is pinning the future of healthcare on the private sector.

Hotels estimated to lose over €90 million in revenue due to event cancellations this Christmas
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Hotels estimated to lose over €90 million in revenue due to event cancellations this Christmas

Thu 9:11 PM 21,102 Views 31 Comments

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has urged the government to retain supports for the industry.

NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older
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NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older

Updated Thu 8:40 PM 84,543 Views 122 Comments

Up until now, children aged under 13 have been mostly exempt from having to wear face coverings indoors.

Tánaiste says NIAC could approve Pfizer jab for 5-11 age group in coming days, following EMA approval
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Tánaiste says NIAC could approve Pfizer jab for 5-11 age group in coming days, following EMA approval

Updated Thu 7:00 PM 43,118 Views 186 Comments
  • The rollout of the vaccine to this age group in Ireland may not happen until next year.
  • The EMA has said a study showed 90.7% efficacy among the age group.
  • The dose recommended is lower than for children aged 12 and older.
The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?
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The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?

Thu 5:30 PM 6,152 Views 8 Comments

Will everyone get a booster vaccine, and how long will booster immunity last?

Coronavirus: 4,764 new cases confirmed in Ireland
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Coronavirus: 4,764 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Thu 5:11 PM 61,357 Views 72 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Walk-in booster vaccine clinics now open for 60-69 age group and healthcare workers
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Walk-in booster vaccine clinics now open for 60-69 age group and healthcare workers

Thu 5:05 PM 35,758 Views 18 Comments

People can attend the dedicated walk-in clinics without an appointment.

Healthcare worker absences due to Covid-19 at highest level since January
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Healthcare worker absences due to Covid-19 at highest level since January

Thu 3:45 PM 11,845 Views 15 Comments

The HSE’s Paul Reid said this afternoon that the healthcare system is “under very significant pressure”.

Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday
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Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday

Thu 3:39 PM 66,539 Views 85 Comments

Frontline staff have welcomed the change, saying it was “ridiculous” that people had to show a Covid cert to enter a café but not an ICU.

Germany passes milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19
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Germany passes milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

Thu 2:50 PM 9,638 Views 37 Comments

The country’s health minister has said rising cases mean everyone who is not vaccinated will have caught the virus by the end of winter.

Study finds that efficacy of Pfizer vaccine begins to wane after three months
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Study finds that efficacy of Pfizer vaccine begins to wane after three months

Thu 8:54 AM 52,341 Views 174 Comments

Israel was one of the first countries to roll out a large scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign, but has been battling a resurgence in infections.

ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'
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ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'

Thu 12:05 AM 90,701 Views 68 Comments
  • Staff in intensive care units say they're at breaking point as a fourth Covid surge hits, Órla Ryan reports
  • "ICU nurses and doctors are absolutely exhausted and we haven't even hit the winter peak," one nurse said
  • Most ICU beds are full and the HSE is making efforts to increase surge capacity
Vladimir Putin takes experimental nasal vaccine against Covid-19
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Vladimir Putin takes experimental nasal vaccine against Covid-19

Wed 9:12 PM 25,584 Views 25 Comments

The Russian president took the shot three days after receiving his booster shot.

SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'
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SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'

Wed 7:16 PM 14,158 Views 24 Comments

The trade union said its representatives had written today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan

Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic
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Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic

Wed 6:25 PM 16,698 Views 13 Comments

With community transmission rates high, the department says it is inevitable there will be hospital outbreaks.

Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme
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Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme

Updated Wed 1:25 PM 25,390 Views 36 Comments

In schools, antigen tests are due to roll from Monday.

Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste
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Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste

Updated Tue 9:00 PM 22,902 Views 51 Comments

Subsidised antigen tests are expected to be made available at pharmacies for €2 to €3.

Coronavirus: 3,666 new cases confirmed in Ireland
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Coronavirus: 3,666 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Updated Tue 8:19 PM 86,250 Views 88 Comments

The Tánaiste says in the last couple of days, the positivity rate has started to level off.

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar
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# DIGITAL COVID CERT

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar

Tue 8:13 PM 28,939 Views 39 Comments

The Tánaiste said he believes more evidence will emerge that the Covid vaccine is a three-dose vaccine.

Stormont urges public ‘reset’ on Covid rules as work from home advice renewed
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Stormont urges public ‘reset’ on Covid rules as work from home advice renewed

Updated Tue 7:30 PM 19,430 Views 12 Comments

Stormont ministers met this morning to agree new measures to tackle the virus.

Opinion: We must now accept that office work will never be the same again
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Opinion: We must now accept that office work will never be the same again

Tue 7:00 PM 25,352 Views 14 Comments

Joanne Mangan of Grow Remote says there will be no ‘great return to the office’ and we now have a chance to make Ireland a world leader in remote practices.

Six in 10 people have reduced social contacts over the last week, new poll shows
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Six in 10 people have reduced social contacts over the last week, new poll shows

Mon 9:36 PM 27,609 Views 45 Comments

44% of people said that they had cancelled plans for the pre-Christmas period within the last week.

PUP and EWSS Covid supports discussed at Cabinet Sub Committee - but no change made
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PUP and EWSS Covid supports discussed at Cabinet Sub Committee - but no change made

Updated Mon 9:21 PM 27,937 Views 32 Comments

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs had only recently seen restrictions start to relax.

Irish Kidney Association calls for clarity after transplant postponed over ICU capacity issues
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Irish Kidney Association calls for clarity after transplant postponed over ICU capacity issues

Mon 6:37 PM 14,557 Views 10 Comments

The association said it hopes this was an isolated incident

Coronavirus: 5,634 new cases confirmed in Ireland
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Coronavirus: 5,634 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Mon 5:53 PM 102,784 Views 188 Comments

Health authorities released the figures in a statement this evening.

Number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced without going into lockdown, Taoiseach says
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Number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced without going into lockdown, Taoiseach says

Mon 5:21 PM 60,066 Views 56 Comments

He said measures needed to combat the virus now were different to those required earlier in the pandemic.

Antigen tests: How do they work, when do I use them, and how accurate are they?
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Antigen tests: How do they work, when do I use them, and how accurate are they?

Mon 4:54 PM 22,541 Views 15 Comments

A debate is raging yet again on their usage.

Unrest and protests spread over Europe as new Covid-19 restrictions come in
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Unrest and protests spread over Europe as new Covid-19 restrictions come in

Updated Mon 4:15 PM 42,642 Views 32 Comments

Austria reported over 15,000 new Covd-19 cases on Saturday.

Antigen tests are being used 'widely but not properly', says chief medical officer
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Antigen tests are being used 'widely but not properly', says chief medical officer

Mon 9:28 AM 31,139 Views 99 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan cautioned that people with Covid-19 symptoms should receive a PCR test instead of relying on antigen testing.

Violent clashes in Belgium as tens of thousands march against country’s Covid measures
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Violent clashes in Belgium as tens of thousands march against country’s Covid measures

Nov 21st 2021, 5:44 PM 33,146 Views 107 Comments

There have been many anti-vaccination marches in European nations in recent days as one government after another tightened restrictions.

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