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# covid-19 - Thursday 23 December, 2021

Omicron less severe but large case numbers may see hospitalisations increase, says UK health agency
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Omicron less severe but large case numbers may see hospitalisations increase, says UK health agency

Dec 23rd 2021, 5:33 PM 19,670 Views 23 Comments

A record 119,789 cases were reported in the UK today.

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'

Dec 23rd 2021, 6:00 AM 16,690 Views 50 Comments

Comprehensive information and guidance will be offered to parents, said Micheál Martin.

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'
# Test And Case
# Test And Case

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'

Dec 23rd 2021, 12:03 AM 30,943 Views 20 Comments
  • Recent spikes on specific days have led to claims of backlogs but what is actually happening?
  • It's down to the workflow required to turn positive swabs into official cases.
  • It shouldn't matter anyway because looking at trends will give you the accurate picture, writes Rónán Duffy.

# covid-19 - Wednesday 22 December, 2021

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 19,816 Views 6 Comments

Two chartered psychologists offer some helpful advice to help you avoid letting Christmas get you down this year.

Northern Ireland nightclubs to close from 26 December as daily Covid cases reach new high
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Northern Ireland nightclubs to close from 26 December as daily Covid cases reach new high

Updated Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 32,317 Views 30 Comments

Some 3,231 new cases of Covid-19 were notified in Northern Ireland today, up from 2,096 on Tuesday.

Seven African nations dropped from Ireland's home quarantine rules
# Omicron
# Omicron

Seven African nations dropped from Ireland's home quarantine rules

Dec 22nd 2021, 6:33 PM 26,712 Views 1 Comment

All passengers travelling to Ireland are now subject to the same requirements.

Here's what to do if you're a close contact of someone who has Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Here's what to do if you're a close contact of someone who has Covid-19

Dec 22nd 2021, 3:37 PM 84,425 Views 37 Comments

The HSE has added more detail to its guidelines depending on a person’s vaccination status.

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year
# Education
# Education

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year

Dec 22nd 2021, 1:58 PM 35,761 Views 26 Comments

Public health officials and education representatives held a meeting today.

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas
# Omicron
# Omicron

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas

Updated Dec 22nd 2021, 11:40 AM 51,317 Views 70 Comments
  • The Taoiseach's comments come as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rules out any further restrictions for Christmas.
  • President Higgins has this morning signed into law a bill extending the Government's Covid-19 emergency powers into the new year.
  • Stormont ministers are due to meet today to discuss fresh restrictions for Northern Ireland.
  • Meanwhile, finance minister Paschal Donohoe said he has "the ability" to extend some business supports until April if needed.
UK cuts Covid isolation period to 7 days as Johnson says no more restrictions before Christmas
# Isolation
# Isolation

UK cuts Covid isolation period to 7 days as Johnson says no more restrictions before Christmas

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:06 AM 20,037 Views 12 Comments

The rule change will allow thousands of people to see their families in time for Christmas.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 21 December, 2021

HSE opens new online self-scheduler to book booster vaccine appointments
# Boosters
# Boosters

HSE opens new online self-scheduler to book booster vaccine appointments

Dec 21st 2021, 11:39 PM 42,517 Views 22 Comments

The scheduling system will offer more than 3,000 individual appointments for four initial clinics from tomorrow morning.

Jeffrey Donaldson tests positive for Covid-19
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Jeffrey Donaldson tests positive for Covid-19

Dec 21st 2021, 8:32 PM 32,218 Views 50 Comments

The DUP leader announced the news on Twitter today.

Coronavirus: 5,279 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Daily Update
# Daily Update

Coronavirus: 5,279 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 21st 2021, 5:27 PM 58,056 Views 87 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
# Omicron
# Omicron

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach

Updated Dec 21st 2021, 5:20 PM 66,882 Views 147 Comments
  • All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
  • There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
  • The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions
Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months

Dec 21st 2021, 4:44 PM 53,737 Views 71 Comments

The Covid-19 booster vaccine rollout is being accelerated due to the Omicron variant.

Old Firm derby will be limited to 500 fans following Scottish government's announcement
# Celtic Park
From The42
# Celtic Park

Old Firm derby will be limited to 500 fans following Scottish government's announcement

Dec 21st 2021, 4:01 PM 5,997 Views 4 Comments

Restrictions are being introduced on sports events in Scotland from St Stephen’s Day.

Hiqa: Wave of Omicron infection will 'likely result in increased hospitalisations and deaths'
# Omicron
# Omicron

Hiqa: Wave of Omicron infection will 'likely result in increased hospitalisations and deaths'

Dec 21st 2021, 3:30 PM 21,287 Views 44 Comments

The health watchdog today published summaries of the evidence on the transmissibility and virulence of the variant and its capacity for immune escape.

# covid-19 - Monday 20 December, 2021

Premier League clubs opt against suspending season to combat rise in Covid cases
# Decision
From The42
# Decision

Premier League clubs opt against suspending season to combat rise in Covid cases

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 6:47 PM 6,090 Views 6 Comments

Six of the 10 matches due to be played in the top flight last weekend were postponed due to outbreaks.

EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
# Novavax
# Novavax

EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 3:36 PM 41,977 Views 90 Comments

This will be the fifth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the European Union.

New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 2:41 PM 119,401 Views 148 Comments
  • All restaurants and bars, excluding takeaways and delivery services, must now close at 8pm until 30 January.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said this morning that “record case numbers” are expected in the days ahead.
  • Dr Tony Holohan advised people today: "Over the coming days, think of the things you absolutely need to do, and the things you may not need to do."
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open plans in doubt after positive Covid test
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open plans in doubt after positive Covid test

Dec 20th 2021, 1:32 PM 2,037 Views 0 Comments

The former world number one is working his way back from a left foot problem.

Leopardstown able to honour Christmas Festival tickets despite new Covid restrictions
# And They're Off
From The42
# And They're Off

Leopardstown able to honour Christmas Festival tickets despite new Covid restrictions

Dec 20th 2021, 1:07 PM 3,851 Views 0 Comments

The four-day festival is now completely sold out.

As new restrictions come into force here, how are other European countries tackling Omicron?
# Lockdowns
# Lockdowns

As new restrictions come into force here, how are other European countries tackling Omicron?

Dec 20th 2021, 12:25 PM 33,008 Views 26 Comments

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen has warned that Omicron could be the dominant Covid-19 variant in Europe by mid-January.

# covid-19 - Sunday 19 December, 2021

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver
# Waver On Vaccine Patents
# Waver On Vaccine Patents

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver

Dec 19th 2021, 7:30 AM 17,892 Views 8 Comments

Two legal experts say there is no legal or moral reason why the waver on vaccine patents cannot be encouraged.

# covid-19 - Saturday 18 December, 2021

Netherlands to go into Christmas 'lockdown' says Prime Minister
# Covid Christmas
# Covid Christmas

Netherlands to go into Christmas 'lockdown' says Prime Minister

Dec 18th 2021, 6:57 PM 76,799 Views 66 Comments

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the measures are intended to try to stop a surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Coronavirus: 7,333 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# The Daily Figures
# The Daily Figures

Coronavirus: 7,333 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 18th 2021, 3:03 PM 145,152 Views 231 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Aston Villa v Burnley the latest Premier League postponement after more cases in the Villa squad
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

Aston Villa v Burnley the latest Premier League postponement after more cases in the Villa squad

Dec 18th 2021, 1:34 PM 2,907 Views 0 Comments

The postponement leaves only one Premier League match remaining from the six that were scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Those aged 40-49 can get booster shots from tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule
# Booster
# Booster

Those aged 40-49 can get booster shots from tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule

Dec 18th 2021, 1:05 PM 27,539 Views 57 Comments

The booster dose should be given at a minimum of a three-month interval from a person’s last dose of a primary Covid-19 vaccine.

Opinion: Feeling anxious this Christmas? There are steps you can take to cope
# Wellness At Christmas
# Wellness At Christmas

Opinion: Feeling anxious this Christmas? There are steps you can take to cope

Dec 18th 2021, 7:00 AM 18,983 Views 14 Comments

Therapist Bernie Hackett says Christmas can cause anxiety – she has a few helpful tips for coping.

# covid-19 - Friday 17 December, 2021

Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm under new Covid restrictions
# Omicron
# Omicron

Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm under new Covid restrictions

Updated Dec 17th 2021, 7:00 PM 154,646 Views 313 Comments
  • Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 8pm from Monday until 30 January
  • The number of people attending sporting and live events will be capped at 50% capacity
  • A maximum of 100 people can attend wedding receptions, which must end at midnight
Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be

Dec 17th 2021, 6:30 PM 20,994 Views 34 Comments

A new study from Imperial College London found that boosters are key to mitigating the impact of the variant.

Weddings to be limited to 100 people as part of new measures to tackle Omicron
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Weddings to be limited to 100 people as part of new measures to tackle Omicron

Dec 17th 2021, 6:21 PM 19,027 Views 6 Comments

Receptions must also end at midnight.

As it happened: This evening's developments as Cabinet signed off on harsh new Covid measures
Live Dec 17th 2021, 6:01 PM

As it happened: This evening's developments as Cabinet signed off on harsh new Covid measures

  • NPHET recommended that pubs and restaurants be shut from 5pm.
  • Numerous government TDs and senators expressed anger at the recommendation.
  • The Taoiseach announced new restrictions, including an 8pm closing time, in an address to the nation.
Cabinet agrees 8pm curfew for pubs and restaurants over the Christmas period
# New Restrictions
# New Restrictions

Cabinet agrees 8pm curfew for pubs and restaurants over the Christmas period

Updated Dec 17th 2021, 5:00 PM 155,679 Views 254 Comments
  • Hospitality representatives have said that new restrictions would be a 'hammer blow' to their industry.
  • NPHET also recommended that the numbers attending sporting and live events be curtailed.
  • HSE CEO Paul Reid has said that even optimistic modeling about Omicron will put hospitals under threat.
Coronavirus: 3,628 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with Omicron now accounting for 35% of cases
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 3,628 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with Omicron now accounting for 35% of cases

Dec 17th 2021, 4:40 PM 47,115 Views 87 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

UK Prime Minister denies claims of split with experts in face of ‘considerable’ Omicron wave
# Covid Britain
# Covid Britain

UK Prime Minister denies claims of split with experts in face of ‘considerable’ Omicron wave

Dec 17th 2021, 3:56 PM 12,477 Views 4 Comments

Boris Johnson deflected questions over his premiership, insisting people want him to focus on the pandemic.

Government won't refund inbound travellers who got Covid tests before requirement was delayed
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# Covid-19

Government won't refund inbound travellers who got Covid tests before requirement was delayed

Dec 17th 2021, 3:06 PM 18,077 Views 14 Comments

The rule was deferred for two days at the start of the month.

Liverpool and others are effectively being punished for their high vaccine uptake
# Talking Point
From The42
# Talking Point

Liverpool and others are effectively being punished for their high vaccine uptake

Dec 17th 2021, 1:12 PM 9,249 Views 23 Comments

A high number of fixtures in England have been postponed owing to Covid outbreaks.

Q&A: Who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster and when will I get mine?
# Questions Answered
# Questions Answered

Q&A: Who is eligible for a Covid-19 booster and when will I get mine?

Dec 17th 2021, 12:59 PM 40,297 Views 18 Comments

Here’s what you need to know about the Covid-19 booster rollout programme.

'What should I do? I’ve a rake of stock coming in': Publican's anger at proposed 5pm closing time
# NPHET Recommendation
# NPHET Recommendation

'What should I do? I’ve a rake of stock coming in': Publican's anger at proposed 5pm closing time

Updated Dec 17th 2021, 12:35 PM 45,273 Views 90 Comments

Gerry Daly says that his pub has not had one case of Covid connected to his business.