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# Covid-19

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CMO says PCR testing 'no longer needed' for most under 55s and suggests concluding NPHET
Dr Tony Holohan recommended change to the priority for PCR testing.
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
The Department of Health confirmed the figures this afternoon.
Covid isolation rules and possible scale-back of testing to be discussed by public health experts
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told his party that the Covid situation is ‘stable’.
Coronavirus: 9,881 new cases and 631 patients in hospital, 108 deaths notified in past week
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Western Force release Australia international Timani because he's unvaccinated
Covid-19 travel regulations and policies will prevent Timani from playing this season.
New Zealand virus cases spike as anti-vaccine protesters claim win
Health authorities reported 1,160 new coronavirus cases, the most since the pandemic began.
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
Ending of Covid rules in NI is ‘not freedom day’, chief scientific adviser warns
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
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Sweden recommends fourth Covid-19 jab for over-80s
The country’s health agency said the jab should be taken four months after the previous dose, at the earliest.
Canadian judge orders an end to lorry blockade at border bridge
The stand-off has entered its fifth day.
Coronavirus: 11,063 new cases, 615 people in hospital and 64 in ICU
The Department of Health released the figures this afternoon.
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.
HSE updates online advice for boosted close contacts, detailing additional restrictions
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’s Health Minister sought guidance following the resignation of first minister Paul Givan last week.
Coronavirus: 11,036 new cases and 595 patients in hospital, including 63 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19 for a second time
He was in close contact with UK politicians Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel at an event yesterday.
PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says
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
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’
He said the legal requirement to self-isolate for positive cases of Covid-19 is expected to end later this month.
Ivana Bacik: Flexible work makes sense, so why is the government clinging to old ways?
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
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'
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
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
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
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
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.
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.
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 CEO tells employees cancelling Joe Rogan ‘not the answer’
The firm paid Rogan a reported 100 million dollars to exclusively host the podcast.
Australia will reopen borders to tourists on February 21
Australia’s ports and airports shut to tourists in March 2020.
State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine mandate convoy
Thousands of protesters descended in Ottawa again at the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
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.