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# Covid-19

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# Shanghai
Shanghai to start easing lockdown after mass Covid testing
Large swathes of the city, with a population of 26 million, have been under lockdown since March 28.
# nphet nua
Luke O'Neill and Mary Horgan among members of new group to replace NPHET
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will chair the Government’s new Covid-19 Advisory Group.
# US
Nancy Pelosi tests positive for Covid-19
Pelosi, 82, received a positive result a day after attending a bill signing event at the White House with President Joe Biden.
Coronavirus: 7,005 new cases and 1,251 patients in hospital, including 56 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
# China
Shanghai residents ‘running out of food’ under Covid lockdown
Strict anti-coronavirus controls are confining most of its 25 million people to their homes.
# Mater Hospital
Mater Hospital urges public to not attend emergency department due to Covid-19 pressures
The hospital has advised people to either attend minor-injury units or their GP
Coronavirus: 7,733 new cases and 1,360 patients in hospital, including 54 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
Coronavirus: 19,489 new cases and 1,433 patients in hospital, including 59 in ICU
Since Saturday, there have been 9,227 PCR-confirmed Covid-19 cases.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still wear a face mask in certain situations?
They’re no longer mandatory, but they can still offer protection against catching or spreading Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
UK's Covid infections hit record high as free tests end
Some 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending 26 March.
# latest figures
Health Minister rules out reintroducing 'draconian' mandatory mask-wearing
Stephen Donnelly said that Ireland has moved away from the emergency phase of the pandemic.
# Covid-19
CMO doesn't advise for mandatory mask-wearing, as Tánaiste says public health emergency is over
Hospitals have been under serious pressure in the latest surge – with the worst March overcrowding for at least 16 years.
# coronavirus newsletter
'Stronger mask advice wouldn't end this Covid wave, but would help slow it down'
Christine Loscher said strong new public health advice on masks would help ease pressure on hospitals.
# China
Top Shanghai official admits Covid response lacking as city grinds to halt
The megacity of 25 million has been split in two as part of a rolling lockdown.
# emergency powers
Covid-19 powers allowing Government to impose legal restrictions to be let lapse tomorrow
However, healthcare workers are warning that a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations is pressuring on the sector.
# Covid-19
No Covid-19 discussion at Cabinet as health minister says public health advice has not changed
Public health officials today announced 14,549 new Covid-19 infections.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 14,549 new cases and 1,605 patients in hospital, including 50 in ICU
A total of 8,587 people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal yesterday.
# Partygate
Police to issue Covid-19 fines against people who attended lockdown parties at Downing Street
The Metropolitan Police said investigators will refer the 20 fixed penalty notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.
# Covid-19
Government wants a much smaller group with 'fresh' thinking for NPHET's replacement
Around 14 people will sit on the new group which is due to be announced this week.
Around 14 people will sit on the new group, due to be announced this week, Christina Finn writes.
Government reportedly believes some 'fresh' thinking is required on group.
It is understood that Health Minister wants to ensure scientists are well represented and that there is a better gender balance.
# Insurance
VHI to return money to customers as number of claims remains lower than expected due to pandemic
Customers will receive a return ranging from €75 to €300 per adult and from €25 to €100 per child.
# Coronavirus
Nearly 40,000 Covid cases recorded in three days as HSE boss issues hospitals warning
Hospital cases indicate Ireland is “entering something” rather than “exiting”, HSE boss Paul Reid said today.
# Covid wave
19,866 new Covid cases reported as consultants warn hospitals face increased pressure
As of 8am today, 1,466 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 55 are in ICU.
# Covid-19
EU watchdog approves AstraZeneca's Covid prevention jab
Data showed it reduced the risk of infection by 77 percent and protection lasted for at least six months.
# Covid-19
Leo Varadkar self isolating after positive Covid-19 antigen test
The CMO has not recommended re-introducing measures to curb the spread of the virus.
# Covid-19
Bukayo Saka out of England squad after positive Covid test
The Arsenal winger is the sixth player to drop out of the friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast.
# Hospitals
Pressure on Emergency Departments 'worst since Covid-19 pandemic began', consultant says
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
Covid-19 cases in hospital are up 29% in the last week.
As of yesterday, there were 1,395 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 55 in intensive care.
More than 5,200 staff are currently absent due to Covid-19, the HSE's Anne O'Connor said.
Limerick hospital defers most elective activity due to Covid and 'surge' in ED presentations
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
# exit wave
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
Both case numbers and the number of people requiring hospital treatment with the virus are rising, but no action has yet been taken by government.
# latest figures
Varadkar: new group to replace NPHET 'imminent' as 21,789 Covid-19 cases reported
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Covid in cabinet
Justice Minister tests positive for Covid-19 as Health Minister isolates with flu-like symptoms
Taoiseach Micheál Martin tested positive for Covid-19 in Washington last week.
# Coronavirus
New Zealand announces end of Covid-19 mandates
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement today.
# Covid-19
Midwest hospitals impose visiting bans due to 'very high' number of Covid patients
Visiting bans are in place at University Hospital Limerick and at Nenagh General Hospital.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 23,702 new cases and 1,338 patients in hospital, including 61 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Covid-19
Ireland among European countries that lifted Covid measures too 'brutally', WHO says
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said a rise in cases of the virus in Europe is likely due to the more transmissible BA2 variant.
Emergency measures needed to tackle hospital overcrowding, INMO says
HSE boss Paul Reid said today that people being reinfected with Covid-19 is not an unusual occurrence.
Coronavirus: 24,737 new PCR-confirmed cases and 39,217 positive antigen tests reported since Wednesday
The Covid figures from the long weekend were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Covid-19
Tánaiste rules out bringing back Covid restrictions
There are currently around 1,100 people in hospital with Covid, with some 50 people in ICU.
# Covid-19
Commemorative events take place for those who lost their lives during the pandemic
Today’s ceremonies will honour theose who have died with Covid as well as workers, volunteers, and the general public for their efforts over the past two years.
# Coronavirus
President Higgins is holding a Covid remembrance ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin today
An oak tree will be planted as a lasting memorial to victims of the pandemic.
# Covid-19
Covid deaths hit new daily high in South Korea amid surge in Omicron cases
The 429 deaths reported in the latest 24 hours were nearly 140 more than the previous one-day record.
# Unavailable
Sebastian Vettel ruled out of Formula One opening round with Covid-19
The four-time world champion will be replaced by German Nico Hulkenberg for Sunday’s season-opener.