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# Coronavirus

Last year
# latest figures
Covid-19: 9,365 new cases and 646 patients in hospital, including 72 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# Ottawa
Mayor seeks mediator as Canadian authorities struggle to tackle truckers' Covid-19 protests
The protests against Covid-19 health restrictions have began on 9 January.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 15,168 new PCR-confirmed cases and 12,998 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# Penal Reform
Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health
The annual Irish Penal Reform Trust’s progress in the penal system report was published today.
# Spotify
Spotify CEO tells employees cancelling Joe Rogan ‘not the answer’
The firm paid Rogan a reported 100 million dollars to exclusively host the podcast.
# Misinformation
Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign
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.
# mandatory vaccinations
Austria's compulsory Covid vaccination rules are now in force
Unvaccinated people can face fines of up to €3,600 following an “introductory phase”.
# Vaccines
Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults
Those holding out can face fines of up to €3,600 after mid-March.
# daily cases
Coronavirus: 12,336 new cases, 597 patients in hospital and 66 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
# Coronavirus
Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says
This comes as a growing number of European nations lift almost all Covid-19 restrictions.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 12,875 new cases, 610 patients in hospital and 63 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
# covid flying
Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds
The carrier received a refund satisfaction score of just 47% in a survey by consumer group Which?
# reopening
New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a five-step plan to reopening New Zealand’s borders.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 12,560 new cases and 630 patients in hospital, 92 deaths notified in past week
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# Paris
France lifts most Covid restrictions but keeps vaccination certs
The country has loosened several of the restrictions imposed to curb the latest surge.
# Health
Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee
Senior NPHET members fielded questions from TDs and senators at a Health Committee meeting today.
# UK
Study claims reluctance to get Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to childhood trauma
The UK study found people who suffer in childhood are also least likely to trust NHS information.
# charlotte bellis
New Zealand grants entry exemption to pregnant reporter who sought Taliban help
Only 800 rooms per month are set aside for New Zealanders and visa holders.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 10,618 new cases and 624 patients in hospital, including 66 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# Nursing Homes
New guidelines for care facilities to give unrestricted access to nominated support person
Residents should be able to choose a support person who should typically have unrestricted access to visit them.
# Covid-19
Denmark becomes first EU country to lift all Covid restrictions despite record case numbers
The country’s health authority “recommends” that those who test positive for the virus should isolate for four days.
# return to work
Government announces new guidance for workplaces as Covid-19 regulations ease
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the new protocol will also help deal with other illnesses.
# long covid
Lung abnormalities found in long Covid patients with breathlessness
The study is investigating possible lung damage in those who have not been admitted to hospital, but continue to experience the symptom.
# coronavirus newsletter
Do boosted close contacts need to restrict their movements?
Well, about that…
# Vaccines
Sweden opts against recommending Covid vaccines for children aged five to 11
The decision could be reassessed if the health situation changes, the authorities said.
# Covid-19
Netherlands to ease Covid restrictions from today as WHO says Omicron risk remains 'very high'
Bars, restaurants and museums in the country will be allowed to reopen from today.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 9,218 new cases, 824 people in hospital and 79 in ICU
Health authorities confirmed the figures this evening.
# omicron vaccine
Pfizer-BioNTech begin enrollments for Omicron-specific vaccine trial
Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla previously said at a conference that the pharmaceutical giant could be ready to file for regulatory approval of the shot by March.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 8,039 new cases, 885 people in hospital and 76 in ICU
Health officials announced the figures in a statement.
# Covid-19
WHO chief warns against talk of ‘endgame’ in pandemic
His comments come after Dr David Nabarro said the virus should not be likened to the flu.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 8,126 cases, 845 people in hospital and 79 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: 10,600 cases, 836 people in hospital and 78 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# lifting restrictions
Goodbye to the new normal, but is everyone ready to go back to the old normal?
The government announced an easing of restrictions yesterday.
Pete Lunn of the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit says it may take time for society to return to old habits.
An increasing number of people were ready to return to reality before the government's announcement, Rónán Duffy writes.
# opening up
Explainer: Why are Covid restrictions lifting now?
Most measures will be lifted tomorrow. Experts say there are good reasons for this.
# Back to Work
People working from home can return to offices 'on a phased basis' from next week
The move was part of the Government’s announcement this evening.
# key dates
At a glance: The vast majority of Covid measures lift from 6am – here's what you need to know
All the key points and dates you need to know.
From tomorrow, visiting rules will be scrapped and any number of households will be allowed to gather.
Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be allowed to operate normal trading times without Covid passes, masks for customers or social distancing.
The phased return to the workplace will begin on Monday.
# reopening
'Today is a good day': Taoiseach confirms almost all Covid measures to be lifted from 6am tomorrow
Last night, NPHET recommended that almost all Covid-19 restrictions could end.
# China
Hong Kong warns animal lovers not to obstruct hamster cull
The cull was approved after a number of hamsters in a pet shop tested positive for Covid-19.
# Greenlight
NPHET advice paves way for early scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions
NPHET met today to discuss Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.
# The North
Stormont ministers agree to relax many Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland
They include ending the legal requirement for Covid certification to enter some hospitality venues and the reopening of nightclubs.