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# covid-19 - Sunday 28 November, 2021

Coalition leaders to meet with NPHET tomorrow to discuss Covid situation
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Coalition leaders to meet with NPHET tomorrow to discuss Covid situation

Nov 28th 2021, 8:01 PM 45,137 Views 54 Comments

The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been deemed a ‘concern’ by the World Health Organisation.

Switzerland backs law behind Covid pass in referendum
# Switzerland
# Switzerland

Switzerland backs law behind Covid pass in referendum

Nov 28th 2021, 5:36 PM 40,671 Views 48 Comments

The law provides the legal basis for the so-called Covid certificate to indicate that a person has been vaccinated or has recovered from the disease.

It will take several weeks to see full impact of Omicron, says Eamon Ryan
# Omicron
# Omicron

It will take several weeks to see full impact of Omicron, says Eamon Ryan

Updated Nov 28th 2021, 4:27 PM 37,309 Views 81 Comments

The minister said government will heed public health advice, but added that “our people need a social life’” for their wellbeing.

Munster squad member in South Africa tests positive for Covid-19
# Scramble
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# Scramble

Munster squad member in South Africa tests positive for Covid-19

Nov 28th 2021, 1:34 PM 50,702 Views 29 Comments

The province will return to their Cape Town hotel for an isolation period after a round of PCR testing last night returned a positive test.

# covid-19 - Saturday 27 November, 2021

Omicron vaccine 'could be ready' in 100 days – expert
# Omicron
# Omicron

Omicron vaccine 'could be ready' in 100 days – expert

Nov 27th 2021, 6:27 PM 48,838 Views 95 Comments

The UK reported its first two cases of the new variant today.

UK identifies two cases of Omicron Covid variant
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

UK identifies two cases of Omicron Covid variant

Updated Nov 27th 2021, 5:51 PM 109,921 Views 95 Comments

The new variant of Covid-19 has been deemed a high risk by the EU.

Prof Ruairí Brugha: Four questions people have about Ireland's approach to Covid-19 right now
# Opinion
# Opinion

Prof Ruairí Brugha: Four questions people have about Ireland's approach to Covid-19 right now

Nov 27th 2021, 8:00 AM 41,422 Views 38 Comments

People need hope – but they also want answers about what’s happening with Covid in Ireland right now, writes Prof Ruairí Brugha.

# covid-19 - Friday 26 November, 2021

People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine

Updated Nov 26th 2021, 6:35 PM 132,482 Views 57 Comments

Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands are among countries to have already banned visitors from South Africa.

Coronavirus: 4,620 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,620 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Nov 26th 2021, 5:59 PM 59,506 Views 50 Comments

Two groups representing doctors released a statement this evening urging people to follow the public-health measures.

Rumours of a mid-December lockdown abound but here's why no-one actually knows if it's happening
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Rumours of a mid-December lockdown abound but here's why no-one actually knows if it's happening

Nov 26th 2021, 5:52 PM 88,844 Views 44 Comments

Rumours of a Christmas lockdown have been swirling on social media in recent days.

Explainer: What do we know about the new Covid variant and how worried should we be?
# B11529
# B11529

Explainer: What do we know about the new Covid variant and how worried should we be?

Nov 26th 2021, 2:34 PM 47,727 Views 66 Comments

The B.1.1.529 variant has first been found in cases in parts of Africa and Asia.

'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

'No plans' to close hospitality or retail over the Christmas period, says Varadkar

Updated Nov 26th 2021, 2:00 PM 26,638 Views 23 Comments

The HSE’s Paul Reid has urged people waiting on a test to continue to isolate for at least 48 hours after symptoms end.

Justice Minister says mandatory hotel quarantine could return over new Covid-19 variant
# Variant
# Variant

Justice Minister says mandatory hotel quarantine could return over new Covid-19 variant

Nov 26th 2021, 12:00 PM 71,930 Views 119 Comments
  • Health Minister Stephen Donnelly 'deeply concerned' by new variant.
  • Concern rises over transmissibility of variant and its impact on vaccines.
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says EU wants to stop air travel from southern Africa.
Booster vaccines approved for all adults: Pregnant women and 40 to 49s next in line for jabs
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Booster vaccines approved for all adults: Pregnant women and 40 to 49s next in line for jabs

Nov 26th 2021, 11:27 AM 67,576 Views 98 Comments

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said a significant amount of planning will be required now.

# covid-19 - Thursday 25 November, 2021

Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant
# Virus
# Virus

Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant

Updated Nov 25th 2021, 10:50 PM 101,919 Views 122 Comments

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is “deeply concerned”, about the new variant.

Dr Anthony O'Connor: Govt needs to admit if public-private partnerships are now the model for healthcare
# Sláintecare
# Sláintecare

Dr Anthony O'Connor: Govt needs to admit if public-private partnerships are now the model for healthcare

Updated Nov 25th 2021, 10:20 PM 24,357 Views 38 Comments

The Consultant Gastroenterologist and former member of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council says the government is pinning the future of healthcare on the private sector.

Hotels estimated to lose over €90 million in revenue due to event cancellations this Christmas
# Event Cancellations
# Event Cancellations

Hotels estimated to lose over €90 million in revenue due to event cancellations this Christmas

Nov 25th 2021, 9:11 PM 21,537 Views 34 Comments

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has urged the government to retain supports for the industry.

NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older

Updated Nov 25th 2021, 8:40 PM 85,068 Views 122 Comments

Up until now, children aged under 13 have been mostly exempt from having to wear face coverings indoors.

Tánaiste says NIAC could approve Pfizer jab for 5-11 age group in coming days, following EMA approval
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Tánaiste says NIAC could approve Pfizer jab for 5-11 age group in coming days, following EMA approval

Updated Nov 25th 2021, 7:00 PM 43,515 Views 187 Comments
  • The rollout of the vaccine to this age group in Ireland may not happen until next year.
  • The EMA has said a study showed 90.7% efficacy among the age group.
  • The dose recommended is lower than for children aged 12 and older.
The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why do we need another dose of a Covid vaccine?

Nov 25th 2021, 5:30 PM 6,402 Views 8 Comments

Will everyone get a booster vaccine, and how long will booster immunity last?

Coronavirus: 4,764 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Daily Update
# Daily Update

Coronavirus: 4,764 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Nov 25th 2021, 5:11 PM 61,849 Views 72 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

Walk-in booster vaccine clinics now open for 60-69 age group and healthcare workers
# Booster Programme
# Booster Programme

Walk-in booster vaccine clinics now open for 60-69 age group and healthcare workers

Nov 25th 2021, 5:05 PM 37,189 Views 18 Comments

People can attend the dedicated walk-in clinics without an appointment.

Healthcare worker absences due to Covid-19 at highest level since January
# Hospitals
# Hospitals

Healthcare worker absences due to Covid-19 at highest level since January

Nov 25th 2021, 3:45 PM 12,002 Views 15 Comments

The HSE’s Paul Reid said this afternoon that the healthcare system is “under very significant pressure”.

Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday
# New Guidelines
# New Guidelines

Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday

Nov 25th 2021, 3:39 PM 68,318 Views 85 Comments

Frontline staff have welcomed the change, saying it was “ridiculous” that people had to show a Covid cert to enter a café but not an ICU.

Germany passes milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19
# Germany
# Germany

Germany passes milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

Nov 25th 2021, 2:50 PM 9,734 Views 37 Comments

The country’s health minister has said rising cases mean everyone who is not vaccinated will have caught the virus by the end of winter.

Study finds that efficacy of Pfizer vaccine begins to wane after three months
# Vaccine Efficacy
# Vaccine Efficacy

Study finds that efficacy of Pfizer vaccine begins to wane after three months

Nov 25th 2021, 8:54 AM 53,575 Views 174 Comments

Israel was one of the first countries to roll out a large scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign, but has been battling a resurgence in infections.

ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'
# Capacity
# Capacity

ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'

Nov 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 98,169 Views 68 Comments
  • Staff in intensive care units say they're at breaking point as a fourth Covid surge hits, Órla Ryan reports
  • "ICU nurses and doctors are absolutely exhausted and we haven't even hit the winter peak," one nurse said
  • Most ICU beds are full and the HSE is making efforts to increase surge capacity

# covid-19 - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Vladimir Putin takes experimental nasal vaccine against Covid-19
# Russia
# Russia

Vladimir Putin takes experimental nasal vaccine against Covid-19

Nov 24th 2021, 9:12 PM 25,723 Views 25 Comments

The Russian president took the shot three days after receiving his booster shot.

SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'
# Public Transport
# Public Transport

SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'

Nov 24th 2021, 7:16 PM 14,216 Views 24 Comments

The trade union said its representatives had written today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan

Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic
# Infection Rates
# Infection Rates

Nearly 7,000 Covid-19 cases linked to hospital outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic

Nov 24th 2021, 6:25 PM 17,412 Views 13 Comments

With community transmission rates high, the department says it is inevitable there will be hospital outbreaks.

Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Taoiseach refuses to pin down decision date for antigen test subsidy scheme

Updated Nov 24th 2021, 1:25 PM 25,482 Views 37 Comments

In schools, antigen tests are due to roll from Monday.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Plan to subsidise antigen tests to be signed off on later this week or next Tuesday, says Tánaiste

Updated Nov 23rd 2021, 9:00 PM 22,993 Views 51 Comments

Subsidised antigen tests are expected to be made available at pharmacies for €2 to €3.

Coronavirus: 3,666 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Daily Update
# Daily Update

Coronavirus: 3,666 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Updated Nov 23rd 2021, 8:19 PM 86,460 Views 88 Comments

The Tánaiste says in the last couple of days, the positivity rate has started to level off.

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar

Nov 23rd 2021, 8:13 PM 30,705 Views 39 Comments

The Tánaiste said he believes more evidence will emerge that the Covid vaccine is a three-dose vaccine.

Stormont urges public ‘reset’ on Covid rules as work from home advice renewed
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Stormont urges public ‘reset’ on Covid rules as work from home advice renewed

Updated Nov 23rd 2021, 7:30 PM 19,482 Views 12 Comments

Stormont ministers met this morning to agree new measures to tackle the virus.

Opinion: We must now accept that office work will never be the same again
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: We must now accept that office work will never be the same again

Nov 23rd 2021, 7:00 PM 25,668 Views 14 Comments

Joanne Mangan of Grow Remote says there will be no ‘great return to the office’ and we now have a chance to make Ireland a world leader in remote practices.

# covid-19 - Monday 22 November, 2021

Six in 10 people have reduced social contacts over the last week, new poll shows
# Survey
# Survey

Six in 10 people have reduced social contacts over the last week, new poll shows

Nov 22nd 2021, 9:36 PM 27,640 Views 45 Comments

44% of people said that they had cancelled plans for the pre-Christmas period within the last week.

PUP and EWSS Covid supports discussed at Cabinet Sub Committee - but no change made
# Economic Recovery
# Economic Recovery

PUP and EWSS Covid supports discussed at Cabinet Sub Committee - but no change made

Updated Nov 22nd 2021, 9:21 PM 28,048 Views 33 Comments

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs had only recently seen restrictions start to relax.

Irish Kidney Association calls for clarity after transplant postponed over ICU capacity issues
# Delayed Transplant
# Delayed Transplant

Irish Kidney Association calls for clarity after transplant postponed over ICU capacity issues

Nov 22nd 2021, 6:37 PM 14,581 Views 10 Comments

The association said it hopes this was an isolated incident

Coronavirus: 5,634 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# DAILY FIGURES
# DAILY FIGURES

Coronavirus: 5,634 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Nov 22nd 2021, 5:53 PM 103,033 Views 188 Comments

Health authorities released the figures in a statement this evening.