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# Covid-19

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# Covid-19
'Old age matters': TD calls for public inquiry into nursing home deaths during Covid
Many people who died in nursing homes were not properly looked after, TD Fergus O’Dowd told the Dáil.
# 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.
# Covid-19
Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June
To date, almost €230 million has been paid under this scheme, supporting over 374,500 people.
# 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.
# coronvirus
'Stealth Omicron' spreads more than original strain, Danish study finds
Sub-variant BA.2 – also called “stealth Omicron” – was detected earlier this year.
# charlotte bellis
New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine as pregnant reporter fights to leave Kabul
Charlotte Bellis said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her requests to return home were rejected.
# 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.
# Canada
Thousands join protests against Canada’s Covid vaccine mandates
As many as 10,000 protesters are expected at the weekend-long rally condemned by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you boycott Spotify over Covid-19 misinformation?
Neil Young has accused Spotify of “spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death”.
'They're not going to go away': Where does Ireland's anti-lockdown movement go next?
Some Covid sceptics have become emboldened by the easing of restrictions.
Parts of the anti-lockdown movement have shifted their focus since restrictions were eased last week, Stephen McDermott writes.
Sceptics and conspiracy theorists believe the Government announcement precedes a bigger crisis.
Recent events suggest the movement may be becoming more regionalised and attracting smaller numbers.
# Nuvaxovid
Fifth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Ireland
It is expected that it will be added to Ireland’s booster programme next month.
# Joe Rogan
Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in boycotting Spotify over Covid 'lies'
“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” the singer said.
# latest figures
Covid: 9,591 new cases as Dept confirms daily figures will no longer be released at weekends
The Covid-19 case numbers, released daily throughout the pandemic, will only be announced on Monday to Friday from now on.
# 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.
# hey hey my my
Spotify removing Neil Young's music after rocker's Joe Rogan ultimatum
Young has accused the streaming service of “spreading fake information about vaccines” by hosting Rogan’s podcast.
# New Instructions
Clubs must have at least four Covid cases in squad to apply for postponement, new rules state
The rule comes into effect after Premier League sides decided on a change to criteria.
# 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.
# omicron
New Zealand’s PM postpones wedding as she introduces tougher Covid rules
Jacinda Ardern had been planning to get married next weekend but the celebration has been postponed.
# Covid-19
Spirits high as Ireland takes big step back to normality
The majority of Covid-19 restrictions lifted at 6am on Saturday.
# 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.
# met police
No 10 efforts to save Johnson are illegal, Commons standards chairman claims
Chris Bryant said threats to withdraw funding from constituencies of MPs seeking to oust the PM should be referred to the police.
# Your Say
Poll: As restrictions ease, what are you looking forward to most?
The vast majority of Covid measures lifted at 6am 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.
# 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.
Government confirms plan to lift almost all pandemic restrictions
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that “today is a good day”.
# 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.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did a study say anyone who's had a cold is sufficiently protected against Covid-19?
We test claims from Irish website The Liberal that a study implies ‘vaccines were never required to begin with’.
# 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.