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#Coronavirus

# coronavirus - February February 2022

Queen Elizabeth will carry on with ‘light duties’ despite Covid infection, palace says
# Royal Family
# Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth will carry on with ‘light duties’ despite Covid infection, palace says

Updated Feb 20th 2022, 5:40 PM 69,777 Views 50 Comments

The diagnosis follows a string of coronavirus cases among the royal family and the Queen’s Windsor Castle team.

FactCheck: A claim that Covid -19 vaccines don’t stop transmission of the virus is misleading
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: A claim that Covid -19 vaccines don’t stop transmission of the virus is misleading

Feb 18th 2022, 5:43 PM 8,405 Views 0 Comments

A now suspended account on Twitter made the claim, but does it have any truth to it?

CMO says PCR testing 'no longer needed' for most under 55s and suggests concluding NPHET
# NPHET's LETTER
# NPHET's LETTER

CMO says PCR testing 'no longer needed' for most under 55s and suggests concluding NPHET

Updated Feb 18th 2022, 5:30 PM 98,304 Views 93 Comments
  • Dr Tony Holohan has said that asymptomatic close contacts will no longer need to restrict their movements.
  • CMO also says it is 'timely' to conclude the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team given this stage of the pandemic.
  • Taoiseach earlier confirmed that mask-wearing would become optional in most settings.
Coronavirus: 8,593 new cases and 591 patients in hospital, including 57 in ICU
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Coronavirus: 8,593 new cases and 591 patients in hospital, including 57 in ICU

Feb 18th 2022, 3:08 PM 23,249 Views 18 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the figures this afternoon.

Germany has passed Omicron peak, says health minister
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Germany has passed Omicron peak, says health minister

Feb 18th 2022, 10:50 AM 11,306 Views 5 Comments

The country’s health minister has still warned against lifting restrictions too quickly however.

Poll: Will you still wear a face mask when it's no longer mandatory?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will you still wear a face mask when it's no longer mandatory?

Feb 17th 2022, 7:42 AM 113,297 Views 142 Comments

Mask-wearing is on the agenda as NPHET meets today.

Coronavirus: 9,881 new cases and 631 patients in hospital, 108 deaths notified in past week
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 9,881 new cases and 631 patients in hospital, 108 deaths notified in past week

Feb 16th 2022, 4:30 PM 42,234 Views 27 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

New Zealand virus cases spike as anti-vaccine protesters claim win
# Protest
# Protest

New Zealand virus cases spike as anti-vaccine protesters claim win

Feb 16th 2022, 9:00 AM 31,910 Views 12 Comments

Health authorities reported 1,160 new coronavirus cases, the most since the pandemic began.

Ending of Covid rules in NI is ‘not freedom day’, chief scientific adviser warns
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Ending of Covid rules in NI is ‘not freedom day’, chief scientific adviser warns

Feb 15th 2022, 5:48 PM 5,911 Views 3 Comments

Professor Ian Young urged people to continue to wear face masks in certain public settings, even though it will no longer be a legal requirement.

Covid-19: 8,815 new cases and 635 patients in hospital, including 63 in ICU
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 8,815 new cases and 635 patients in hospital, including 63 in ICU

Feb 15th 2022, 3:51 PM 33,602 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Large study backs up findings from Irish experts about Covid placentitis
# Pregnancy
# Pregnancy

Large study backs up findings from Irish experts about Covid placentitis

Feb 15th 2022, 11:27 AM 22,668 Views 3 Comments

Covid-19 placentitis is an infection of the placenta which occurs in some pregnant women with Covid-19.

Sweden recommends fourth Covid-19 jab for over-80s
# Fourth Dose
# Fourth Dose

Sweden recommends fourth Covid-19 jab for over-80s

Feb 14th 2022, 2:09 PM 13,281 Views 20 Comments

The country’s health agency said the jab should be taken four months after the previous dose, at the earliest.

Coronavirus: 11,063 new cases, 615 people in hospital and 64 in ICU
# Daily Cases
# Daily Cases

Coronavirus: 11,063 new cases, 615 people in hospital and 64 in ICU

Feb 11th 2022, 3:15 PM 35,586 Views 30 Comments

The Department of Health released the figures this afternoon.

HSE updates online advice for boosted close contacts, detailing additional restrictions
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

HSE updates online advice for boosted close contacts, detailing additional restrictions

Feb 10th 2022, 5:41 PM 52,681 Views 3 Comments

Although close contacts in this situation are no longer required to restrict their movements, they are advised to follow a number of other measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

O'Neill says 'real prospect' Covid restrictions will have to stay in NI due to legal issues
# The North
# The North

O'Neill says 'real prospect' Covid restrictions will have to stay in NI due to legal issues

Feb 10th 2022, 5:39 PM 10,928 Views 3 Comments

The North’s Health Minister sought guidance following the resignation of first minister Paul Givan last week.

PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says
# Colm Henry
# Colm Henry

PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says

Feb 10th 2022, 1:02 PM 24,897 Views 26 Comments

HSE Chief Clinical Officer said that he does not foresee any changes to mask wearing guidelines in the immediate future.

Police arrest convoy protesters in New Zealand
# New Zealand
# New Zealand

Police arrest convoy protesters in New Zealand

Feb 10th 2022, 7:33 AM 14,107 Views 12 Comments

Among the protesters’ grievances is the requirement in New Zealand that certain workers get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Boris Johnson signals end to self-isolation rules in England as part of ‘living with Covid’
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Boris Johnson signals end to self-isolation rules in England as part of ‘living with Covid’

Feb 9th 2022, 5:35 PM 19,400 Views 12 Comments

He said the legal requirement to self-isolate for positive cases of Covid-19 is expected to end later this month.

Coronavirus: 11,255 new cases and 627 patients in hospital, 63 deaths notified in past week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Coronavirus: 11,255 new cases and 627 patients in hospital, 63 deaths notified in past week

Feb 9th 2022, 3:06 PM 42,828 Views 47 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Ivana Bacik: Flexible work makes sense, so why is the government clinging to old ways?
# Stuck In Traffic
# Stuck In Traffic

Ivana Bacik: Flexible work makes sense, so why is the government clinging to old ways?

Updated Feb 9th 2022, 2:00 PM 20,767 Views 26 Comments

The TD says the conservatism being shown by Government on flexible working is in stark contrast to the need for radical change.

Sweden ends wide-scale Covid testing as pandemic restrictions lifted
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Sweden ends wide-scale Covid testing as pandemic restrictions lifted

Feb 9th 2022, 12:59 PM 11,579 Views 6 Comments

The move puts the nation at odds with most of Europe, but experts say it could become the norm as costly testing yields fewer benefits with Omicron.

New Zealand anti-vaccine parliament protesters vow to stay 'as long as it takes'
# Vaccine Mandates
# Vaccine Mandates

New Zealand anti-vaccine parliament protesters vow to stay 'as long as it takes'

Feb 9th 2022, 9:40 AM 11,119 Views 33 Comments

Several hundred protesters have pitched tents and are refusing to leave.

Canada's Saskatchewan province lifts all Covid restrictions as protests rumble on in Ottawa
# Canada
# Canada

Canada's Saskatchewan province lifts all Covid restrictions as protests rumble on in Ottawa

Feb 8th 2022, 9:31 PM 15,089 Views 19 Comments

More than 80% of Saskatchewan residents had received two Covid vaccine jabs.

Opinion: Restrictions may have eased, but the pandemic is far from over for disabled people
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Restrictions may have eased, but the pandemic is far from over for disabled people

Feb 8th 2022, 7:00 PM 12,024 Views 4 Comments

A culture of ableism means disabled people were forgotten as Covid restrictions eased, writes Rosie Farrell.

Covid-19: 9,365 new cases and 646 patients in hospital, including 72 in ICU
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 9,365 new cases and 646 patients in hospital, including 72 in ICU

Feb 8th 2022, 3:11 PM 30,394 Views 11 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Mayor seeks mediator as Canadian authorities struggle to tackle truckers' Covid-19 protests
# Ottawa
# Ottawa

Mayor seeks mediator as Canadian authorities struggle to tackle truckers' Covid-19 protests

Feb 7th 2022, 9:30 PM 18,966 Views 9 Comments

The protests against Covid-19 health restrictions have began on 9 January.

Coronavirus: 15,168 new PCR-confirmed cases and 12,998 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 15,168 new PCR-confirmed cases and 12,998 positive antigen tests reported since Friday

Feb 7th 2022, 3:07 PM 68,117 Views 53 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health

Feb 7th 2022, 10:58 AM 11,098 Views 27 Comments

The annual Irish Penal Reform Trust’s progress in the penal system report was published today.

Spotify CEO tells employees cancelling Joe Rogan ‘not the answer’
# Spotify
# Spotify

Spotify CEO tells employees cancelling Joe Rogan ‘not the answer’

Feb 7th 2022, 9:12 AM 16,932 Views 54 Comments

The firm paid Rogan a reported 100 million dollars to exclusively host the podcast.

Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign

Feb 6th 2022, 5:01 PM 21,934 Views 15 Comments

The SciComm Collective, launched In the first half of last year, was intended to get the government’s Covid-19 messaging out to young people.

Austria's compulsory Covid vaccination rules are now in force
# Mandatory Vaccinations
# Mandatory Vaccinations

Austria's compulsory Covid vaccination rules are now in force

Feb 5th 2022, 12:02 PM 26,286 Views 59 Comments

Unvaccinated people can face fines of up to €3,600 following an “introductory phase”.

Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults

Feb 4th 2022, 4:36 PM 21,526 Views 54 Comments

Those holding out can face fines of up to €3,600 after mid-March.

Coronavirus: 12,336 new cases, 597 patients in hospital and 66 in ICU
# Daily Cases
# Daily Cases

Coronavirus: 12,336 new cases, 597 patients in hospital and 66 in ICU

Feb 4th 2022, 3:23 PM 37,053 Views 28 Comments

The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.

Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says

Feb 3rd 2022, 5:18 PM 22,692 Views 13 Comments

This comes as a growing number of European nations lift almost all Covid-19 restrictions.

Coronavirus: 12,875 new cases, 610 patients in hospital and 63 in ICU
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 12,875 new cases, 610 patients in hospital and 63 in ICU

Feb 3rd 2022, 4:07 PM 33,424 Views 20 Comments

The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.

Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds
# Covid Flying
# Covid Flying

Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds

Feb 3rd 2022, 8:13 AM 16,145 Views 40 Comments

The carrier received a refund satisfaction score of just 47% in a survey by consumer group Which?

New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October
# Reopening
# Reopening

New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October

Feb 2nd 2022, 10:40 PM 21,564 Views 19 Comments

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a five-step plan to reopening New Zealand’s borders.

Covid-19: 12,560 new cases and 630 patients in hospital, 92 deaths notified in past week
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 12,560 new cases and 630 patients in hospital, 92 deaths notified in past week

Feb 2nd 2022, 2:56 PM 46,717 Views 36 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

France lifts most Covid restrictions but keeps vaccination certs
# Paris
# Paris

France lifts most Covid restrictions but keeps vaccination certs

Feb 2nd 2022, 12:47 PM 13,595 Views 13 Comments

The country has loosened several of the restrictions imposed to curb the latest surge.

Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee
# Health
# Health

Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee

Updated Feb 2nd 2022, 12:00 PM 36,826 Views 14 Comments

Senior NPHET members fielded questions from TDs and senators at a Health Committee meeting today.