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#Covid-19

# covid-19 - Thursday 10 February, 2022

PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says
# Colm Henry
# Colm Henry

PCR testing system could be re-opened to all age groups, Colm Henry says

Feb 10th 2022, 1:02 PM 24,883 Views 26 Comments

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
# New Zealand
# New Zealand

Police arrest convoy protesters in New Zealand

Feb 10th 2022, 7:33 AM 14,098 Views 12 Comments

Among the protesters’ grievances is the requirement in New Zealand that certain workers get vaccinated against Covid-19.

# covid-19 - Wednesday 9 February, 2022

Boris Johnson signals end to self-isolation rules in England as part of ‘living with Covid’
# Living With Covid
# Living With Covid

Boris Johnson signals end to self-isolation rules in England as part of ‘living with Covid’

Feb 9th 2022, 5:35 PM 19,392 Views 12 Comments

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?
# Stuck In Traffic
# Stuck In Traffic

Ivana Bacik: Flexible work makes sense, so why is the government clinging to old ways?

Updated Feb 9th 2022, 2:00 PM 20,677 Views 26 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Sweden ends wide-scale Covid testing as pandemic restrictions lifted

Feb 9th 2022, 12:59 PM 11,572 Views 6 Comments

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'
# Vaccine Mandates
# Vaccine Mandates

New Zealand anti-vaccine parliament protesters vow to stay 'as long as it takes'

Feb 9th 2022, 9:40 AM 11,111 Views 33 Comments

Several hundred protesters have pitched tents and are refusing to leave.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Canada's Saskatchewan province lifts all Covid restrictions as protests rumble on in Ottawa
# Canada
# Canada

Canada's Saskatchewan province lifts all Covid restrictions as protests rumble on in Ottawa

Feb 8th 2022, 9:31 PM 15,078 Views 19 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Restrictions may have eased, but the pandemic is far from over for disabled people

Feb 8th 2022, 7:00 PM 11,998 Views 3 Comments

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
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 9,365 new cases and 646 patients in hospital, including 72 in ICU

Feb 8th 2022, 3:11 PM 30,389 Views 11 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

# covid-19 - Monday 7 February, 2022

Mayor seeks mediator as Canadian authorities struggle to tackle truckers' Covid-19 protests
# Ottawa
# Ottawa

Mayor seeks mediator as Canadian authorities struggle to tackle truckers' Covid-19 protests

Feb 7th 2022, 9:30 PM 18,957 Views 9 Comments

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
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 15,168 new PCR-confirmed cases and 12,998 positive antigen tests reported since Friday

Feb 7th 2022, 3:07 PM 68,096 Views 53 Comments

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
# Penal Reform
# Penal Reform

Report claims pandemic ban on prison visits and lack of psychological supports impacting prisoner health

Feb 7th 2022, 10:58 AM 11,078 Views 27 Comments

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’
# Spotify
# Spotify

Spotify CEO tells employees cancelling Joe Rogan ‘not the answer’

Feb 7th 2022, 9:12 AM 16,925 Views 54 Comments

The firm paid Rogan a reported 100 million dollars to exclusively host the podcast.

Australia will reopen borders to tourists on February 21
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Australia will reopen borders to tourists on February 21

Feb 7th 2022, 8:57 AM 11,845 Views 13 Comments

Australia’s ports and airports shut to tourists in March 2020.

State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine mandate convoy
# Canada
# Canada

State of emergency declared in Ottawa due to anti-vaccine mandate convoy

Feb 7th 2022, 8:15 AM 27,966 Views 54 Comments

Thousands of protesters descended in Ottawa again at the weekend.

# covid-19 - Sunday 6 February, 2022

Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Irish scientists on TikTok describe trolling and misinformation working on Covid campaign

Feb 6th 2022, 5:01 PM 21,917 Views 15 Comments

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.

# covid-19 - Friday 4 February, 2022

Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Austrian president signs law making Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all adults

Feb 4th 2022, 4:36 PM 21,520 Views 54 Comments

Those holding out can face fines of up to €3,600 after mid-March.

# covid-19 - Thursday 3 February, 2022

Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says

Feb 3rd 2022, 5:18 PM 22,682 Views 13 Comments

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
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 12,875 new cases, 610 patients in hospital and 63 in ICU

Feb 3rd 2022, 4:07 PM 33,415 Views 20 Comments

The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.

Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds
# Covid Flying
# Covid Flying

Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds

Feb 3rd 2022, 8:13 AM 16,117 Views 40 Comments

The carrier received a refund satisfaction score of just 47% in a survey by consumer group Which?

# covid-19 - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October
# Reopening
# Reopening

New Zealand won't fully reopen borders to foreign travellers until October

Feb 2nd 2022, 10:40 PM 21,548 Views 19 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'Old age matters': TD calls for public inquiry into nursing home deaths during Covid

Feb 2nd 2022, 5:58 PM 10,599 Views 8 Comments

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
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 12,560 new cases and 630 patients in hospital, 92 deaths notified in past week

Feb 2nd 2022, 2:56 PM 46,698 Views 37 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

France lifts most Covid restrictions but keeps vaccination certs
# Paris
# Paris

France lifts most Covid restrictions but keeps vaccination certs

Feb 2nd 2022, 12:47 PM 13,584 Views 13 Comments

The country has loosened several of the restrictions imposed to curb the latest surge.

Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee
# Health
# Health

Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee

Updated Feb 2nd 2022, 12:00 PM 36,801 Views 14 Comments

Senior NPHET members fielded questions from TDs and senators at a Health Committee meeting today.

Study claims reluctance to get Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to childhood trauma
# UK
# UK

Study claims reluctance to get Covid-19 vaccine may be linked to childhood trauma

Feb 2nd 2022, 10:36 AM 18,629 Views 31 Comments

The UK study found people who suffer in childhood are also least likely to trust NHS information.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 1 February, 2022

New Zealand grants entry exemption to pregnant reporter who sought Taliban help
# Charlotte Bellis
# Charlotte Bellis

New Zealand grants entry exemption to pregnant reporter who sought Taliban help

Feb 1st 2022, 7:51 PM 24,384 Views 10 Comments

Only 800 rooms per month are set aside for New Zealanders and visa holders.

Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June

Feb 1st 2022, 6:51 PM 15,565 Views 2 Comments

To date, almost €230 million has been paid under this scheme, supporting over 374,500 people.

Covid-19: 10,618 new cases and 624 patients in hospital, including 66 in ICU
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid-19: 10,618 new cases and 624 patients in hospital, including 66 in ICU

Feb 1st 2022, 2:59 PM 42,070 Views 31 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

New guidelines for care facilities to give unrestricted access to nominated support person
# Nursing Homes
# Nursing Homes

New guidelines for care facilities to give unrestricted access to nominated support person

Feb 1st 2022, 1:50 PM 6,979 Views 1 Comment

Residents should be able to choose a support person who should typically have unrestricted access to visit them.

Denmark becomes first EU country to lift all Covid restrictions despite record case numbers
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Denmark becomes first EU country to lift all Covid restrictions despite record case numbers

Feb 1st 2022, 1:10 PM 21,594 Views 30 Comments

The country’s health authority “recommends” that those who test positive for the virus should isolate for four days.

# covid-19 - Monday 31 January, 2022

'Stealth Omicron' spreads more than original strain, Danish study finds
# Coronvirus
# Coronvirus

'Stealth Omicron' spreads more than original strain, Danish study finds

Jan 31st 2022, 10:07 PM 39,685 Views 42 Comments

Sub-variant BA.2 – also called “stealth Omicron” – was detected earlier this year.

New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine as pregnant reporter fights to leave Kabul
# Charlotte Bellis
# Charlotte Bellis

New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine as pregnant reporter fights to leave Kabul

Jan 31st 2022, 10:15 AM 33,047 Views 19 Comments

Charlotte Bellis said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her requests to return home were rejected.

Government announces new guidance for workplaces as Covid-19 regulations ease
# Return To Work
# Return To Work

Government announces new guidance for workplaces as Covid-19 regulations ease

Jan 31st 2022, 9:24 AM 29,371 Views 10 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the new protocol will also help deal with other illnesses.

# covid-19 - Sunday 30 January, 2022

Thousands join protests against Canada’s Covid vaccine mandates
# Canada
# Canada

Thousands join protests against Canada’s Covid vaccine mandates

Jan 30th 2022, 11:47 AM 30,262 Views 72 Comments

As many as 10,000 protesters are expected at the weekend-long rally condemned by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Poll: Will you boycott Spotify over Covid-19 misinformation?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Will you boycott Spotify over Covid-19 misinformation?

Jan 30th 2022, 10:14 AM 64,777 Views 31 Comments

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?

'They're not going to go away': Where does Ireland's anti-lockdown movement go next?

Jan 30th 2022, 12:05 AM 61,822 Views 0 Comments
  • 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.

# covid-19 - Saturday 29 January, 2022

Fifth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Ireland
# Nuvaxovid
# Nuvaxovid

Fifth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Ireland

Jan 29th 2022, 7:06 PM 45,438 Views 49 Comments

It is expected that it will be added to Ireland’s booster programme next month.

Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in boycotting Spotify over Covid 'lies'
# Joe Rogan
# Joe Rogan

Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in boycotting Spotify over Covid 'lies'

Jan 29th 2022, 2:19 PM 43,304 Views 124 Comments

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” the singer said.

# covid-19 - Friday 28 January, 2022

Covid: 9,591 new cases as Dept confirms daily figures will no longer be released at weekends
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Covid: 9,591 new cases as Dept confirms daily figures will no longer be released at weekends

Jan 28th 2022, 5:14 PM 58,830 Views 37 Comments

The Covid-19 case numbers, released daily throughout the pandemic, will only be announced on Monday to Friday from now on.