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# covid-19 - Wednesday 15 December, 2021

Coronavirus: 4,235 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 47 deaths notified in the past week
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,235 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 47 deaths notified in the past week

Dec 15th 2021, 5:40 PM 59,959 Views 79 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Final decision on Leinster's clash with Montpellier expected tomorrow
# Away Day
From The42
# Away Day

Final decision on Leinster's clash with Montpellier expected tomorrow

Dec 15th 2021, 5:34 PM 18,325 Views 18 Comments

The game is scheduled to take place at GGL Stadium on Friday night.

'Violent rhetoric' within Irish anti-lockdown movement 'should not be underestimated' - report
# Covid Sceptics
# Covid Sceptics

'Violent rhetoric' within Irish anti-lockdown movement 'should not be underestimated' - report

Dec 15th 2021, 1:04 PM 36,025 Views 0 Comments

The ISD report details some of the main players in Ireland’s anti-lockdown movement.

Covid outbreak forces Saracens to forfeit European Challenge Cup clash with Pau
# Called Off
From The42
# Called Off

Covid outbreak forces Saracens to forfeit European Challenge Cup clash with Pau

Dec 15th 2021, 12:32 PM 4,878 Views 5 Comments

The French club have been awarded 28-0 scoreline and five match points.

Fans in England must show Covid pass or proof of negative test from today
# Plan B
From The42
# Plan B

Fans in England must show Covid pass or proof of negative test from today

Dec 15th 2021, 11:27 AM 2,555 Views 3 Comments

The new measures will affect any sporting events with a crowd over 10,000.

€108m in funding announced to help Irish airports stay afloat through pandemic
# Airport Funding
# Airport Funding

€108m in funding announced to help Irish airports stay afloat through pandemic

Dec 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,691 Views 13 Comments

The funding aims to enable the airports to remain financially sustainable while navigating the pandemic.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

Beckham Jr among 9 players in Covid outbreak
# Setback
From The42
# Setback

Beckham Jr among 9 players in Covid outbreak

Dec 14th 2021, 10:53 PM 9,010 Views 3 Comments

It was confirmed a day after the NFL reported a sharp spike in cases.

Ireland to donate up to three million vaccines to Covax initiative
# Covid Vaccines
# Covid Vaccines

Ireland to donate up to three million vaccines to Covax initiative

Dec 14th 2021, 10:25 PM 14,477 Views 13 Comments

The Minister for Health made the announcement today.

WHO warns Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, 'probably' in most countries
# Omicron
# Omicron

WHO warns Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, 'probably' in most countries

Dec 14th 2021, 9:02 PM 28,302 Views 51 Comments

Elsewhere, drugmaker Pfizer said its coronavirus pill was effective against the variant.

Vaccinations for vulnerable children to start next week, Taoiseach says
# Vaccine Programme
# Vaccine Programme

Vaccinations for vulnerable children to start next week, Taoiseach says

Dec 14th 2021, 7:45 PM 13,015 Views 53 Comments

Micheál Martin said that vulnerable children will begin to receive vaccines from 20 December.

Coronavirus: 3,887 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Lates Figures
# Lates Figures

Coronavirus: 3,887 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Updated Dec 14th 2021, 6:53 PM 50,072 Views 35 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor
# Schools
# Schools

Closing schools this Friday would be 'sensible', says leading immunology professor

Dec 14th 2021, 5:26 PM 40,534 Views 64 Comments

Christine Loscher added that schoolchildren are currently the population’s largest unvaccinated group and will be mixing in coming days.

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow
# Childcare
# Childcare

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow

Dec 14th 2021, 5:14 PM 14,555 Views 3 Comments

Tests will be available to children aged four and over and staff in a pod where there’s a confirmed Covid case.

Politicians back mandatory Covid-19 certification regulations for Northern Ireland
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

Politicians back mandatory Covid-19 certification regulations for Northern Ireland

Dec 14th 2021, 4:51 PM 7,922 Views 12 Comments

Health Minister Robin Swann said the regulations were for the ‘overall protection of the people’.

HSE tells centres to allow boosters after 3-month gap as Cabinet discusses Covid developments
# Booster Programme
# Booster Programme

HSE tells centres to allow boosters after 3-month gap as Cabinet discusses Covid developments

Updated Dec 14th 2021, 1:44 PM 35,861 Views 74 Comments
  • The new guidance will be in place when the HSE updates its IT system
  • Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the schedule for booster jabs is being revised
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin called for more GPs and pharmacists to get involved with the booster rollout
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy over disciplinary breach
# Crime And Punishment
From The42
# Crime And Punishment

Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy over disciplinary breach

Dec 14th 2021, 12:24 PM 8,937 Views 8 Comments

Aubameyang reportedly returned later than agreed from a personal trip to France which forced him to miss training due to coronavirus protocols.

# covid-19 - Monday 13 December, 2021

Premier League records record 42 postive Covid cases in past week
# Uncertain Times
From The42
# Uncertain Times

Premier League records record 42 postive Covid cases in past week

Dec 13th 2021, 10:57 PM 3,097 Views 3 Comments

This is the highest weekly figure recorded since testing figures began being circulated in May last year.

Coronavirus: 4,688 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,688 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Updated Dec 13th 2021, 9:00 PM 63,095 Views 47 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Government cannot rule out further restrictions in response to Omicron, Eamon Ryan says
# Omicron
# Omicron

Government cannot rule out further restrictions in response to Omicron, Eamon Ryan says

Dec 13th 2021, 7:14 PM 42,996 Views 36 Comments

The minister also said plans to further accelerate the vaccine booster programme would be considered this week.

Luke O'Neill praises 'power of antigen testing' as he's diagnosed with Covid-19
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Luke O'Neill praises 'power of antigen testing' as he's diagnosed with Covid-19

Dec 13th 2021, 6:55 PM 65,079 Views 44 Comments

The immunologist said that the test showed he had the virus “within a second” of taking it.

Man United's game with Brentford in serious doubt as they cancel training and close Carrington
# Shutdown
From The42
# Shutdown

Man United's game with Brentford in serious doubt as they cancel training and close Carrington

Dec 13th 2021, 3:49 PM 8,815 Views 0 Comments

The decision comes following positive Covid-19 tests among first-team staff and players at the club.

Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation
# Covid Misinformation
# Covid Misinformation

Facebook removes page of controversial Covid campaigner Dolores Cahill over misinformation

Dec 13th 2021, 2:19 PM 41,637 Views 0 Comments

Cahill has made a number of false or misleading claims about the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.

FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians

Dec 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 15,551 Views 0 Comments

The claim caused a protest outside the Australian Embassy in Dublin

Schools and creches to be given €72 million to help reduce spread of Covid
# Early Days
# Early Days

Schools and creches to be given €72 million to help reduce spread of Covid

Dec 13th 2021, 6:00 AM 19,122 Views 33 Comments

€10 million in grants will be made available for providers to introduce measures to improve ventilation, including HEPA filters.

'It's not down to hesitancy at all': Are people less enthusiastic about boosters?
# Energy Boost
# Energy Boost

'It's not down to hesitancy at all': Are people less enthusiastic about boosters?

Dec 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 34,000 Views 100 Comments
  • There were conflicting messages last week with questions over the public's enthusiasm for boosters standing in contrast to long queues of people forming to get one.
  • The Taoiseach was among TDs and health officials who indicated that there may be less impetus among people to obtain a booster vaccine compared to the initial rollout.
  • But long queues in Dublin reflect a wider enthusiasm among the public to get a booster, with official surveys supporting this, Lauren Boland reports.

# covid-19 - Sunday 12 December, 2021

Johnson warns of Omicron 'tidal wave' in UK
# UK
# UK

Johnson warns of Omicron 'tidal wave' in UK

Updated Dec 12th 2021, 8:07 PM 95,112 Views 50 Comments

Level 4 means the epidemic is “in general circulation, transmission is high and direct Covid-19 pressure on healthcare services is widespread and substantial or rising”.

Omicron spreads faster and weakens jabs, says WHO
# Omicron
# Omicron

Omicron spreads faster and weakens jabs, says WHO

Dec 12th 2021, 5:00 PM 64,430 Views 69 Comments

The World Health Organisation has said that early evidence suggests Omicron causes “a reduction in vaccine efficacy against infection and transmission”.

Wasps forced into changes against Munster after positive Covid-19 tests
# Disruption
From The42
# Disruption

Wasps forced into changes against Munster after positive Covid-19 tests

Dec 12th 2021, 12:17 PM 16,046 Views 3 Comments

The English club have had a late setback before their clash in Coventry.

Opinion: Listen to our mothers - fresh air and ventilation can prevent virus spread in hospitals
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Listen to our mothers - fresh air and ventilation can prevent virus spread in hospitals

Dec 12th 2021, 7:15 AM 21,194 Views 10 Comments

Prof Hilary Humphreys says too many of our hospitals in Ireland are cluttered and cramped which does not help containment of viruses.

# covid-19 - Saturday 11 December, 2021

Tens of thousands protest Austria compulsory Covid jabs
# Vaccine Mandates
# Vaccine Mandates

Tens of thousands protest Austria compulsory Covid jabs

Dec 11th 2021, 5:13 PM 33,697 Views 130 Comments

Vaccination is to be obligatory from February for all residents older than 14.

Long queues continue at walk-in booster clinics, as HSE chief says people will be offered appointments
# Booster
# Booster

Long queues continue at walk-in booster clinics, as HSE chief says people will be offered appointments

Updated Dec 11th 2021, 2:35 PM 40,191 Views 30 Comments

Many centres have waiting times of over an hour this morning.

Coronavirus: 4,004 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,004 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 11th 2021, 1:07 PM 47,442 Views 54 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

# covid-19 - Friday 10 December, 2021

Taoiseach ‘concerned but hopeful’ about Covid-19 situation
# Micheál Martin
# Micheál Martin

Taoiseach ‘concerned but hopeful’ about Covid-19 situation

Dec 10th 2021, 9:10 PM 27,199 Views 44 Comments

Micheál Martin said this afternoon that he hoped the HSE could deliver 1.5 million booster jabs before the end of the year.

No plans to change NI Covid restrictions over Christmas, says First Minister
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

No plans to change NI Covid restrictions over Christmas, says First Minister

Dec 10th 2021, 5:32 PM 9,394 Views 3 Comments

Concerns have risen in Northern Ireland about the rapid rate at which the Omicron variant is spreading in parts of Britain.

Coronavirus: 4,115 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,115 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 10th 2021, 5:11 PM 47,814 Views 31 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Leinster report four positive Covid-19 cases ahead of Bath clash
# Positives
From The42
# Positives

Leinster report four positive Covid-19 cases ahead of Bath clash

Dec 10th 2021, 11:39 AM 18,718 Views 1 Comment

Tomorrow’s game is still set to go ahead at the Aviva Stadium.

# covid-19 - Thursday 9 December, 2021

Passengers arriving in Ireland from Britain advised to take antigen tests for five days
# Government Travel Advice
# Government Travel Advice

Passengers arriving in Ireland from Britain advised to take antigen tests for five days

Dec 9th 2021, 10:32 PM 38,969 Views 35 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said this evening that those arriving from Britain should exercise “a very high degree of caution”.

EU watchdog says Omicron 'mostly mild' as WHO warns on vaccine hoarding
# European Medicines Agency
# European Medicines Agency

EU watchdog says Omicron 'mostly mild' as WHO warns on vaccine hoarding

Dec 9th 2021, 9:25 PM 20,591 Views 18 Comments

The European Medicines Agency also said that early data suggested the new variant is more infectious than Delta.

HSE working to decide settings where Covid vaccines will be administered to children
# Rollout
# Rollout

HSE working to decide settings where Covid vaccines will be administered to children

Dec 9th 2021, 6:59 PM 17,324 Views 79 Comments

The HSE has been “working around the clock” on how best to distribute the message to parents.

Coronavirus: 4,022 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Coronavirus: 4,022 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 9th 2021, 6:07 PM 46,963 Views 45 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.