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# covid-19 - Tuesday 28 December, 2021

Poll: Are you going to a New Year's Eve party?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you going to a New Year's Eve party?

Dec 28th 2021, 9:50 AM 60,659 Views 27 Comments

People can meet indoors in private homes if there are no more than four households present.

CDC health officials recommend shorter Covid-19 isolation period in the US
# Quarantine
# Quarantine

CDC health officials recommend shorter Covid-19 isolation period in the US

Dec 28th 2021, 7:37 AM 17,245 Views 7 Comments

They said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence people are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.

New Year parties given go-ahead in England as UK splits over Omicron controls
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

New Year parties given go-ahead in England as UK splits over Omicron controls

Dec 28th 2021, 7:10 AM 20,640 Views 6 Comments

Boris Johnson said there would be no restrictions introduced before January.

Opinion: Three quick and easy tips for strengthening your relationship over Christmas
# Holiday Woes
# Holiday Woes

Opinion: Three quick and easy tips for strengthening your relationship over Christmas

Dec 28th 2021, 7:00 AM 20,090 Views 0 Comments

Relationship expert Beth Wallace offers some helpful tips to maintain your communication over the holidays.

Vaccine registration opens for high-risk children aged 5 to 11
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Vaccine registration opens for high-risk children aged 5 to 11

Dec 28th 2021, 6:00 AM 14,166 Views 20 Comments

Parents can register their child for the vaccine if they have a health condition that puts them at higher risk, or if they live with someone who is at higher risk.

# covid-19 - Monday 27 December, 2021

France announces new Covid-19 measures amid spike in infections
# Omicron
# Omicron

France announces new Covid-19 measures amid spike in infections

Updated Dec 27th 2021, 9:32 PM 117,296 Views 73 Comments

In England, politicians said there would be no further restrictions before 2022 but people are urged to be “cautious”.

Aer Lingus cancels handful of European flights due to resourcing challenges
# Grounded
# Grounded

Aer Lingus cancels handful of European flights due to resourcing challenges

Dec 27th 2021, 7:32 PM 47,304 Views 11 Comments

The Irish airline is liaising directly with affected customers.

Demand for Covid tests 'extremely high' as system ramps up again post Christmas
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Demand for Covid tests 'extremely high' as system ramps up again post Christmas

Dec 27th 2021, 12:18 PM 61,699 Views 91 Comments

There were no appointments available in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford at the time of writing.

# covid-19 - Saturday 25 December, 2021

'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months
# Biggest Regret
# Biggest Regret

'It came at a cost': Taoiseach regrets shutting down construction for four months

Dec 25th 2021, 12:10 AM 47,291 Views 62 Comments
  • The Taoiseach says they shut down construction as the government wanted to be 'ruthless' in dealing with the Alpha variant wave, reports Christina Finn.
  • Martin said it is his 'desire not to' ever close down construction again.
  • There will be a renewed effort on ramping up bed capacity in 2022, he says.

# covid-19 - Friday 24 December, 2021

Lockdowns, restrictions, and surging infections: Europe rings in another pandemic Christmas
# Covid Christmas
# Covid Christmas

Lockdowns, restrictions, and surging infections: Europe rings in another pandemic Christmas

Updated Dec 24th 2021, 7:19 PM 56,351 Views 37 Comments

Both France and the UK today registered their highest case numbers since the start of the pandemic.

PCR testing facilities to operate on Christmas Day and St Stephens' Day
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

PCR testing facilities to operate on Christmas Day and St Stephens' Day

Updated Dec 24th 2021, 12:07 PM 59,980 Views 54 Comments

Ireland has the third highest uptake of booster vaccines in the EU.

# covid-19 - Thursday 23 December, 2021

Boosters for over-30s from next week, first doses for children 5-11 from next month
# Vaccine Rollout
# Vaccine Rollout

Boosters for over-30s from next week, first doses for children 5-11 from next month

Updated Dec 23rd 2021, 7:20 PM 51,803 Views 56 Comments
  • People aged 16 to 29 who received the Janssen vaccine will be entitled to a booster next week.
  • Over 106,000 booster jabs were administered yesterday
  • Everyone in Ireland over five will be entitled to a vaccine from next month.
Omicron less severe but large case numbers may see hospitalisations increase, says UK health agency
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Omicron less severe but large case numbers may see hospitalisations increase, says UK health agency

Dec 23rd 2021, 5:33 PM 19,664 Views 23 Comments

A record 119,789 cases were reported in the UK today.

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Taoiseach: 'I think we have to approach vaccination of children with sensitivity'

Dec 23rd 2021, 6:00 AM 16,686 Views 50 Comments

Comprehensive information and guidance will be offered to parents, said Micheál Martin.

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'
# Test And Case
# Test And Case

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'

Dec 23rd 2021, 12:03 AM 30,940 Views 20 Comments
  • Recent spikes on specific days have led to claims of backlogs but what is actually happening?
  • It's down to the workflow required to turn positive swabs into official cases.
  • It shouldn't matter anyway because looking at trends will give you the accurate picture, writes Rónán Duffy.

# covid-19 - Wednesday 22 December, 2021

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 19,803 Views 6 Comments

Two chartered psychologists offer some helpful advice to help you avoid letting Christmas get you down this year.

Northern Ireland nightclubs to close from 26 December as daily Covid cases reach new high
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Northern Ireland nightclubs to close from 26 December as daily Covid cases reach new high

Updated Dec 22nd 2021, 7:00 PM 32,308 Views 30 Comments

Some 3,231 new cases of Covid-19 were notified in Northern Ireland today, up from 2,096 on Tuesday.

Seven African nations dropped from Ireland's home quarantine rules
# Omicron
# Omicron

Seven African nations dropped from Ireland's home quarantine rules

Dec 22nd 2021, 6:33 PM 26,709 Views 1 Comment

All passengers travelling to Ireland are now subject to the same requirements.

Here's what to do if you're a close contact of someone who has Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Here's what to do if you're a close contact of someone who has Covid-19

Dec 22nd 2021, 3:37 PM 84,386 Views 38 Comments

The HSE has added more detail to its guidelines depending on a person’s vaccination status.

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year
# Education
# Education

School health measures to be reviewed before reopening next year

Dec 22nd 2021, 1:58 PM 35,740 Views 26 Comments

Public health officials and education representatives held a meeting today.

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas
# Omicron
# Omicron

No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas

Updated Dec 22nd 2021, 11:40 AM 51,304 Views 70 Comments
  • The Taoiseach's comments come as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rules out any further restrictions for Christmas.
  • President Higgins has this morning signed into law a bill extending the Government's Covid-19 emergency powers into the new year.
  • Stormont ministers are due to meet today to discuss fresh restrictions for Northern Ireland.
  • Meanwhile, finance minister Paschal Donohoe said he has "the ability" to extend some business supports until April if needed.
UK cuts Covid isolation period to 7 days as Johnson says no more restrictions before Christmas
# Isolation
# Isolation

UK cuts Covid isolation period to 7 days as Johnson says no more restrictions before Christmas

Dec 22nd 2021, 7:06 AM 20,034 Views 12 Comments

The rule change will allow thousands of people to see their families in time for Christmas.

# covid-19 - Tuesday 21 December, 2021

HSE opens new online self-scheduler to book booster vaccine appointments
# Boosters
# Boosters

HSE opens new online self-scheduler to book booster vaccine appointments

Dec 21st 2021, 11:39 PM 42,512 Views 22 Comments

The scheduling system will offer more than 3,000 individual appointments for four initial clinics from tomorrow morning.

Jeffrey Donaldson tests positive for Covid-19
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Jeffrey Donaldson tests positive for Covid-19

Dec 21st 2021, 8:32 PM 32,212 Views 50 Comments

The DUP leader announced the news on Twitter today.

Coronavirus: 5,279 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Daily Update
# Daily Update

Coronavirus: 5,279 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 21st 2021, 5:27 PM 58,051 Views 87 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
# Omicron
# Omicron

'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach

Updated Dec 21st 2021, 5:20 PM 66,861 Views 147 Comments
  • All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January
  • There is speculation that further restrictions could be introduced in the coming weeks
  • The Taoiseach has said that data on Omicron will be the "key consideration" around restrictions
Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Booster interval for people who have had Covid to be cut from six months to three months

Dec 21st 2021, 4:44 PM 53,726 Views 71 Comments

The Covid-19 booster vaccine rollout is being accelerated due to the Omicron variant.

Old Firm derby will be limited to 500 fans following Scottish government's announcement
# Celtic Park
From The42
# Celtic Park

Old Firm derby will be limited to 500 fans following Scottish government's announcement

Dec 21st 2021, 4:01 PM 5,989 Views 4 Comments

Restrictions are being introduced on sports events in Scotland from St Stephen’s Day.

Hiqa: Wave of Omicron infection will 'likely result in increased hospitalisations and deaths'
# Omicron
# Omicron

Hiqa: Wave of Omicron infection will 'likely result in increased hospitalisations and deaths'

Dec 21st 2021, 3:30 PM 21,285 Views 44 Comments

The health watchdog today published summaries of the evidence on the transmissibility and virulence of the variant and its capacity for immune escape.

# covid-19 - Monday 20 December, 2021

Premier League clubs opt against suspending season to combat rise in Covid cases
# Decision
From The42
# Decision

Premier League clubs opt against suspending season to combat rise in Covid cases

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 6:47 PM 6,088 Views 6 Comments

Six of the 10 matches due to be played in the top flight last weekend were postponed due to outbreaks.

EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
# Novavax
# Novavax

EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 3:36 PM 41,947 Views 90 Comments

This will be the fifth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the European Union.

New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster

Updated Dec 20th 2021, 2:41 PM 119,369 Views 148 Comments
  • All restaurants and bars, excluding takeaways and delivery services, must now close at 8pm until 30 January.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said this morning that “record case numbers” are expected in the days ahead.
  • Dr Tony Holohan advised people today: "Over the coming days, think of the things you absolutely need to do, and the things you may not need to do."
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open plans in doubt after positive Covid test
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open plans in doubt after positive Covid test

Dec 20th 2021, 1:32 PM 2,036 Views 0 Comments

The former world number one is working his way back from a left foot problem.

Leopardstown able to honour Christmas Festival tickets despite new Covid restrictions
# And They're Off
From The42
# And They're Off

Leopardstown able to honour Christmas Festival tickets despite new Covid restrictions

Dec 20th 2021, 1:07 PM 3,847 Views 0 Comments

The four-day festival is now completely sold out.

As new restrictions come into force here, how are other European countries tackling Omicron?
# Lockdowns
# Lockdowns

As new restrictions come into force here, how are other European countries tackling Omicron?

Dec 20th 2021, 12:25 PM 32,995 Views 26 Comments

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen has warned that Omicron could be the dominant Covid-19 variant in Europe by mid-January.

# covid-19 - Sunday 19 December, 2021

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver
# Waver On Vaccine Patents
# Waver On Vaccine Patents

Opinion: To solve Covid-19 vaccine inequity Ireland should support the TRIPS waiver

Dec 19th 2021, 7:30 AM 17,886 Views 8 Comments

Two legal experts say there is no legal or moral reason why the waver on vaccine patents cannot be encouraged.

# covid-19 - Saturday 18 December, 2021

Netherlands to go into Christmas 'lockdown' says Prime Minister
# Covid Christmas
# Covid Christmas

Netherlands to go into Christmas 'lockdown' says Prime Minister

Dec 18th 2021, 6:57 PM 76,790 Views 66 Comments

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the measures are intended to try to stop a surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Coronavirus: 7,333 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# The Daily Figures
# The Daily Figures

Coronavirus: 7,333 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Dec 18th 2021, 3:03 PM 145,142 Views 231 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.

Aston Villa v Burnley the latest Premier League postponement after more cases in the Villa squad
# Covid-19
From The42
# Covid-19

Aston Villa v Burnley the latest Premier League postponement after more cases in the Villa squad

Dec 18th 2021, 1:34 PM 2,906 Views 0 Comments

The postponement leaves only one Premier League match remaining from the six that were scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Those aged 40-49 can get booster shots from tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule
# Booster
# Booster

Those aged 40-49 can get booster shots from tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule

Dec 18th 2021, 1:05 PM 27,478 Views 57 Comments

The booster dose should be given at a minimum of a three-month interval from a person’s last dose of a primary Covid-19 vaccine.