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# Covid-19

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# covid-19 vaccine
EU backs new Omicron vaccines for first jabs, and not just for boosters
The vaccines are currently only authorised as boosters but could now be used for people’s first vaccinations.
# zero covid
China eases Covid curbs with some cities no longer requiring negative tests for public transport
The transport restrictions in Shenzhen and Beijing were eased.
# Beijing
China further relaxes Covid rules after protests
Several cities have begun loosening restrictions such as moving away from daily mass testing requirements.
# Covid-19
China signals zero-Covid relaxation after protests
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy has sparked protests in major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
# tax-free payment
Around 66,000 workers still waiting on €1,000 pandemic bonus payment
The health minister says he hopes the majority of the payments will be made before Christmas.
# Twitter
Twitter lifts policy intended to prevent spread of Covid misinformation
As of September of this year, Twitter had suspended 11,230 accounts under the policy.
# Protests
Fresh clashes in south China over Covid lockdowns as authorities warn of 'crackdown'
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policies has been the trigger for the protests.
'Zero-covid' protests are spreading in China but why is the country persisting with the policy?
China the only major country still pursuing zero covid, a policy that includes snap lockdowns and lengthy quarantines.
# China
Chinese police arrest protestors and BBC journalist as anti-lockdown protests erupt
Large crowds gathered in Shanghai to protest
# China
Hundreds take to streets in China as opposition to government's zero-Covid policy mounts
China is the last major economy wedded to a zero-Covid strategy.
# China
Xinjiang loosens some restrictions after protests erupt over zero-Covid lockdown
China is the only major country in the world that still is fighting the pandemic through mass testing and lockdowns.
# pandemic
China expands lockdowns as Covid-19 cases hit daily record
Officials in the government of Zhengzhou have declared a ‘war of annihilation’ against the virus.
# Covid-19
Gemma O'Doherty convicted and fined for breaching Covid regulations
She was among a group of people at anti-restrictions protest in the Grand Parade, in Cork city, on the afternoon of 12 December, 2020.
# i'm a celeb
Covid campaigners send message to Matt Hancock in the 'I’m A Celebrity' jungle
The plane bearing a 35ft banner circled the Australian camp for two hours.
# Courts
Injunction sought over use of Covid-19 vaccines on children aged 5-11
The action is opposed by the State and the HSE.
# G20
China’s leader Xi to attend G20 and return to international stage amid rising tensions
He will attend the G20 meeting of emerging market nations in Indonesia followed by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand.
# Courts
Two Dublin women arrested after Dubai trip bid to halt prosecution for Covid quarantine breach
They claim that the charges against them are unconstitutional and that their trials should be halted.
# Ryanair
Ryanair returns to profit and doesn't expect to be impacted by cost-of-living crisis
Michael O’Leary said concerns about rising consumer price inflation on Ryanair’s business model ‘have been greatly exaggerated’.
# China
Beijing Marathon returns but China sticks to ‘zero-Covid’
A simmering public frustration, which has grown as the rest of the world opens up, has been fuelled by a series of tragic incidents.
# Coronavirus
China launches Covid vaccine inhaled through the mouth
The vaccine is being offered free of charge as a booster dose for previously vaccinated individuals in Shanghai.
# Winter
Over 600k avail of flu vaccines as Covid cases dip
Meanwhile, the Department has purchased 15,000 monkeypox vaccines.
# Visiting restrictions
Visiting restrictions reinstated at Cork hospital due to Covid-19
Mercy University Hospital says its current situation is reflective of the increase in cases being experienced nationally.
# Healthcare
Trade union asks Health Minister to extend Covid-19 payment to contracted frontline workers
The criteria does not currently include workers exployed by external companies.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital gets green light for nine-storey Covid expansion despite An Taisce objection
The hospital has said the development will increase its ICU capacity.
# pandemic
World Health Organisation warns Covid is still an international emergency
The WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, agreed, warning that there were still millions of cases being reported each week
# Healthcare
NHS sets up 'war rooms' to cope with difficult winter
Britain’s health service is preparing for a winter of flu, Covid and record staff vacancies
# Africa
Conflict, climate change and pandemic led to boost in Irish foreign aid
Last year the Department of Foreign Affairs allotted €967m in overseas development aid.
# covid recovery
Scheme to delay businesses repaying Covid debts to Revenue extended until 2024
Revenue has pushed the repayment date for warehoused debt out to 1 May 2024.
# after the storm
'Croke Park was set aside to be a field hospital because nobody knew what was coming'
A new book about how the world of Gaelic Games battled through the Covid-19 pandemic has just been released.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 hospitalisations are rising, so where are we with the virus heading into winter?
The Minister for Health has said there has been a “significant” increase in the number of people in hospital with Covid in recent weeks.
Temporary Covid-19 test centres will be opened this winter, if needed
The Department of Health today published its plan for management of Covid-19 this winter.
# Covid-19
Govt expects to manage rising Covid-19 cases this winter without restrictions, says Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar this morning encouraged people to get their booster vaccine.
# debunked
Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’
Irish social media users shared a headline from a fake news site
# the needle has landed
HSE launches winter vaccination programme with flu and Covid-19 jabs
The HSE is inviting eligible groups to get their flu jab and their Covid-19 booster.
# Coronavirus
Higher illness benefit for workers absent with Covid-19 ends today
The Enhanced Illness Benefit was introduced during the pandemic for who had to self isolate or restrict their movements due to the virus.
# Immunology
Explainer: What you need to know about the new adapted Covid vaccines heading into winter
Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher says the new jabs work ‘specifically against Omicron’.
# mike ryan
Irish head of emergencies at WHO reveals he received death threats during pandemic
The Sligo-born doctor said that he may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
# Fraud
47 people charged in Minnesota over $240 million Covid relief fraud scheme
The defendants face charges ranging from wire fraud to federal programmes bribery to money laundering.
# vaccine rollout
New Omicron-specific vaccines to be rolled out as boosters from next month, Health Minister says
Anyone who is eligible for both a flu vaccine and a Covid booster vaccine can receive them at the same time from next month.
€100,000 to be given to families of healthcare staff who died due to Covid-19 through work
The Minister for Health said the scheme “offers some support from the state to provide for the family’s needs”.