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#Coronavirus

# coronavirus - Today’s News

Why is Ireland choosing a 'seesaw' approach to tackling Covid-19?

The Taoiseach said certain approaches, such as ‘Zero Covid’ or herd immunity, are not realistic for Ireland.

# coronavirus - Yesterday’s News

NI health minister and CMO reject suggestion Covid-19 spread has link to political affiliation

Minister Edwin Poots claimed Covid was more rife in nationalist areas than unionist areas by a factor of six to one.

Garda group raises concerns over 'practicality' of issuing on-the-spot fines for breaches of Covid-19 rules

It is understood fines of €1,000 will be issued to those who organise house parties during the Level 5 restrictions.

Fines of €1,000 for house parties, and up to €500 for other breaches of Covid-19 rules

Gardaí will still not be allowed to enter someone’s home.

CMO and Deputy CMO lay out the figures behind Covid-19 testing in schools

Close contact testing in schools has yielded a positivity rate of 2.8%.

Half of close contacts not showing up for second Covid-19 test

Close contacts are tested twice whether they have symptoms or not.

Coronavirus: 13 deaths and 1,269 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed this evening.

Opinion: We must mind our mental health as Level 5 brings a forced introspection

Author and advocate Cathal O’Reilly has struggled with his own mental health in the past. He shares his thoughts on Level 5 and how to handle it.

Greater Manchester to face stringent restrictions after talks to reach support deal with Westminster fail

Regional leaders are locked into a battle with the government in Westminster as new restrictions loom.

Three deaths and 913 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Northern Ireland Department of Health this afternoon.

Argentina surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases

Colombia, Mexico and Peru are expected to hit the same milestone in coming weeks.

# coronavirus - Monday 19 October, 2020

Highest level of Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be restored to €350 a week

The payment was cut to a maximum of €300 per week last month.

'Pull together and follow the spirit of the rules': Taoiseach confirms entire country will move to Level 5

The announcement comes two weeks after NPHET first recommended that Ireland move to Level 5.

Cabinet agrees to impose nationwide Level 5 restrictions for six weeks

It follows advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) last week.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 1,031 new cases confirmed in Ireland

There are 34 people in ICU, and there have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Wales to begin two-week 'firebreak' lockdown to limit spread of Covid-19

The “sharp and deep” lockdown will begin at 6pm on 23 October.

820 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland

Derry and Strabane continues to be the worst-affected area, with Belfast also posting high numbers.

Covid-19: New restrictions begin in Italy, Belgium and France as European death toll hits 250,000

Many governments are seeking to avoid a repeat of full-scale lockdowns seen in spring.

# coronavirus - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,283 new cases confirmed

Cabinet is expected to make a decision on new restrictions tomorrow.

Union calls for mandatory sick pay as NPHET says workers still turning up with symptoms

Dr Ronan Glynn said it is not acceptable this winter to go to work with cold and flu symptoms.

Covid-19 curfew comes into effect for up to 20 million people in France

The measure was imposed after a surge in new coronavirus cases.

Larry Donnelly: As we near the final phase, it seems Trump needs a miracle

Larry Donnelly looks at the numbers, the fact that Joe Biden is not Hillary Clinton and concludes that Donald Trump faces an uphill battle to return to the White House.

# coronavirus - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# coronavirus - Friday 16 October, 2020

Northern Ireland: Pubs and restaurants shut doors for four weeks as new Covid-19 restrictions kick in

From Monday, schools in the North will close for two weeks until 2 November.

Small window to avoid ‘catastrophe’ for health system, doctors warn

If the current trajectory of the disease continues, there will be 1,800-2,200 cases a day, with 400 Covid-19 patients hospitalised.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,000 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

It has changed a bit since the last time NPHET recommended Level 5.

From The42 Kerry U20 footballers hit by Covid-19 case a day before All-Ireland semi-final Setback

Kerry U20 footballers hit by Covid-19 case a day before All-Ireland semi-final

A number of the player’s team-mates are also now self-isolating, with tomorrow’s last-four tie against Galway set to go ahead.

Paul Murphy: The case is growing for a ‘Covid Tax’ on the rich to avoid future austerity

RISE TD Paul Murphy is part of a new Europe-wide campaign for a ‘Covid Tax’, to avoid saddling people with years of austerity after the pandemic.

Court overturns order to shut Berlin's bars and restaurants from 11pm

The court said “it was not apparent” that such a measure could help fight coronavirus.

French cities get set for night-time curfew from this evening after 30,000 new cases confirmed yesterday

The new night-time restrictions come into force for the first time at midnight tonight in Paris and eight other major cities.

Rebecca Moynihan: We cannot ask those living alone to isolate further - time for social bubbles

The Labour senator is calling for the introduction of support bubbles through Covid restrictions – not just for older people, but for everyone who lives alone in this country.

Gardaí launching a 'high visibility, nationwide policing plan' this weekend to support health guidelines

The plan will be focused on support for the vulnerable and crime prevention, gardaí said.

Post-match parties and house gatherings: Where GPs notice Covid outbreaks originating

A GP said one outbreak was linked to match celebrations where team members drank shots out of a championship cup.

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