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# Coronavirus

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# booster dose
European health agencies say it's 'too early' for fourth Covid vaccine for general population
NIAC today recommended a second mRNA booster dose for people aged 65 or over and those who are immunocompromised.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital urges public to not attend emergency department due to Covid-19 pressures
The hospital has advised people to either attend minor-injury units or their GP
Coronavirus: 7,733 new cases and 1,360 patients in hospital, including 54 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
Coronavirus: 19,489 new cases and 1,433 patients in hospital, including 59 in ICU
Since Saturday, there have been 9,227 PCR-confirmed Covid-19 cases.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still wear a face mask in certain situations?
They’re no longer mandatory, but they can still offer protection against catching or spreading Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
UK's Covid infections hit record high as free tests end
Some 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending 26 March.
# latest figures
Health Minister rules out reintroducing 'draconian' mandatory mask-wearing
Stephen Donnelly said that Ireland has moved away from the emergency phase of the pandemic.
# Covid-19
CMO doesn't advise for mandatory mask-wearing, as Tánaiste says public health emergency is over
Hospitals have been under serious pressure in the latest surge – with the worst March overcrowding for at least 16 years.
# Survey
One in four Irish people said they have tested positive to Covid-19
Public health officials announced 11,741 new Covid-19 infections today.
# coronavirus newsletter
'Stronger mask advice wouldn't end this Covid wave, but would help slow it down'
Christine Loscher said strong new public health advice on masks would help ease pressure on hospitals.
# China
Top Shanghai official admits Covid response lacking as city grinds to halt
The megacity of 25 million has been split in two as part of a rolling lockdown.
Coronavirus: 12,508 new cases and 1,610 patients in hospital, including 49 in ICU
There were 5,381 PCR-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, and 7,127 positive antigens logged yesterday.
# emergency powers
Covid-19 powers allowing Government to impose legal restrictions to be let lapse tomorrow
However, healthcare workers are warning that a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations is pressuring on the sector.
# Covid-19
No Covid-19 discussion at Cabinet as health minister says public health advice has not changed
Public health officials today announced 14,549 new Covid-19 infections.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 14,549 new cases and 1,605 patients in hospital, including 50 in ICU
A total of 8,587 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal yesterday.
# Partygate
Police to issue Covid-19 fines against people who attended lockdown parties at Downing Street
The Metropolitan Police said investigators will refer the 20 fixed penalty notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
# Coronavirus
Nearly 40,000 Covid cases recorded in three days as HSE boss issues hospitals warning
Hospital cases indicate Ireland is “entering something” rather than “exiting”, HSE boss Paul Reid said today.
# Covid wave
19,866 new Covid cases reported as consultants warn hospitals face increased pressure
As of 8am today, 1,466 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 55 are in ICU.
# Coronavirus
Taoiseach says there is no justification for further Covid restrictions
Public health officials today reported a total of 23,125 cases of Covid-19.
# Hospitals
Pressure on Emergency Departments 'worst since Covid-19 pandemic began', consultant says
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
As of yesterday, there were 1,395 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 55 in intensive care.
More than 5,200 staff are currently absent due to Covid-19, the HSE's Anne O'Connor said.
Limerick hospital defers most elective activity due to Covid and 'surge' in ED presentations
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
# exit wave
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
Both case numbers and the number of people requiring hospital treatment with the virus are rising, but no action has yet been taken by government.
# latest figures
Varadkar: new group to replace NPHET 'imminent' as 21,789 Covid-19 cases reported
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Coronavirus
New Zealand announces end of Covid-19 mandates
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today.
# Covid-19
Midwest hospitals impose visiting bans due to 'very high' number of Covid patients
Visiting bans are in place at University Hospital Limerick and at Nenagh General Hospital.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 23,702 new cases and 1,338 patients in hospital, including 61 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Covid-19
Ireland among European countries that lifted Covid measures too 'brutally', WHO says
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said a rise in cases of the virus in Europe is likely due to the more transmissible BA2 variant.
# Coronavirus
President Higgins is holding a Covid remembrance ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin today
An oak tree will be planted as a lasting memorial to victims of the pandemic.
# Covid-19
Covid deaths hit new daily high in South Korea amid surge in Omicron cases
The 429 deaths reported in the latest 24 hours were nearly 140 more than the previous one-day record.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 14,096 new cases and 1,081 patients in hospital, including 44 in ICU
As of 8am today, there are 1,081 Covid-19 patients in hospital.
# Covid-19
Hong Kong morgues running out of space amid Omicron surge
The city has recorded nearly a million infections and more than 4,600 deaths in the last three months.
# covid figures
Coronavirus: 16,019 new cases and 1,047 patients in hospital, including 42 in ICU
The latest figures were released by health officials today.
# Lockdown
Nearly 30 million people under lockdown in China as Covid-19 cases surge
China reported 5,280 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, more than double the previous day’s tally.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 11,975 new PCR confirmed-cases and 19,915 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
The HPSC said the PCR positive tests from yesterday are “artificially low” due to a technical issue.
# daily cases
Coronavirus: 15,938 new cases and 907 patients in hospital, including 37 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# China
China locks down city of nine million amid new spike in Covid-19 cases
China reported another 397 cases of local transmission nationwide on Friday.
# Simon Harris
Simon Harris has tested positive for Covid-19
The higher education minister confirmed in an Instagram post that he had tested positive on an antigen test.
# Death Toll
Global Covid death toll ‘may be more than three times higher than recorded’
Researchers estimate more than 18.2 million people may have died because of the pandemic by the end of December last year.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 11,682 new cases and 887 patients in hospital, including 41 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# coronavirus newsletter
The new Covid antibody and antiviral treatments currently (or imminently) available in Ireland
An antibody treatment is currently being used in Irish hospitals, and the first deliveries of a new antiviral pill are expected later this month.
Coronavirus: 9,070 new cases and 829 patients in hospital, including 51 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.