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# covid19

Last year
2022
# Red C Poll
79% of people in favour of mandatory mask-wearing in at least one setting
More people in older age groups said they would like to see masks made mandatory.
# covid19
Official Covid case numbers 'just the tip of the iceberg' as subvariants lead to summer surge
Last week there was a more than 50% jump in reported case numbers.
# excess mortality
WHO says Covid pandemic caused deaths of nearly 15 million people around world
The figure includes deaths directly associated with Covid as well as those due to the pandemic’s impact on the health system and society.
# covid19
Coronavirus: 14,486 new cases and 750 patients in hospital, including 44 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the latest figures from the Easter break this afternoon.
# Nurses
'Disappointing' to have no nursing or midwifery member on new Covid advisory group, INMO says
The Department of Health yesterday confirmed the details of the new Covid-19 Advisory Group that will include members such as Professor Luke O’Neill.
# booster dose
European health agencies say it's 'too early' for fourth Covid vaccine for general population
NIAC today recommended a second mRNA booster dose for people aged 65 or over and those who are immunocompromised.
# Health reforms
HSE boss admits ‘challenges’ ahead as €20 billion National Service Plan unveiled
The plan contains pledges to cut waiting lists and continue Ireland on the path to universal healthcare.
# DAILY FIGURES
Coronavirus: 8,250 new PCR-confirmed cases and 9,608 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures in a statement this afternoon.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 11,671 new PCR-confirmed cases and 8,515 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# covid19
Coalition leaders to discuss changes to mandatory mask-wearing rules
It comes ahead of a Cabinet meeting tomorrow, at which the Government is expected to accept the advice from health officials.
# covid19
Online booking opens for 5-11 year olds as just over one fifth have received Covid vaccine
The HSE said a number of children in this age group had Covid over the Christmas period, but they are now eligible for their jab.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 9,441 new cases and 639 patients in hospital, including 58 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
# Pregnancy
Large study backs up findings from Irish experts about Covid placentitis
Covid-19 placentitis is an infection of the placenta which occurs in some pregnant women with Covid-19.
# latest figures
Covid: 10,571 new cases announced in Ireland, 896 in hospital and 90 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by health officials today.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 5,767 positive PCRs, 5,916 positive antigen tests, 979 in hospital and 93 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 18,904 new confirmed cases, 1,011 in hospital and 92 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# Covid-19
Millions more locked down as China battles Omicron spread
In England, people who test positive on an antigen test will no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm their result.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 21,384 new confirmed cases, 984 in hospital and 83 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# mhq
State spent almost €25 million on mandatory hotel quarantine, new figures show
Approximately €9.5 million was collected from those that had to use the service.
# omicron
Ireland ranked highest in Europe for boosters as elective care may be cancelled due to Covid
Strict close contact rules and the prevalence of Covid-19 have caused worker shortages in some sectors.
# Coronavirus
Coronavirus: 16,986 new confirmed cases, 804 in hospital and 93 in ICU
The latest figures were reported by the Department of Health today.
# covid19
HSE opens Covid vaccine registration for all children aged 5-11
The HSE said appointments are expected to be offered soon after registration.
# booster programme
Booster vaccines available to anyone aged over 16 as Health Minister promises more ICU beds
Over 16s will be able to receive the jab in vaccination centres, pharmacies or at their GP.
Those aged over 16 will be able to access the jab through vaccination centres, community pharmacies and GPs.
HSE Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry said that at least 3,800 HSE staff were out on Covid-related leave across the country.
Meanwhile, Eamon Ryan has said that he expects schools, colleges and creches to reopen after the Christmas break.
Surgeries and outpatient appointments deferred at five hospitals over Covid-related staff absences
Minister to meet with unions next week as 'plan is for schools to reopen'
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# latest figures
Coronavirus: 16,428 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 22 deaths notified in the past week
The latest figures were reported by the Department of Health today.
# vaccine programme
First vaccination clinics for vulnerable children held as hospitals face pressure due to Covid
The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 75 overnight.
The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 75 overnight.
There were 16,959 positive swabs reported today by the Department of Health
The booster programme hit the milestone of 2,000,000 doses administered.
Omicron is 'running rife in our communities' but has not yet peaked, HSE boss says
New Year parties given go-ahead in England as UK splits over Omicron controls
# Boosters
People aged 30-39 can receive a booster shot from today
Those aged 16-29 who received a Janssen primary dose can also avail of a booster from today.
# DAILY FIGURES
Coronavirus: 6,735 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The latest figures were reported by the Department of Health today.
# vaccine equity
Irish NGOs worried booster roll-outs will lead to further vaccine inequality globally
Without intellectual property rights waivers to allow developing countries to produce their own jabs, demand will continue to outstrip supply, they said.
# health measures
Holohan advises people not to meet indoors with other households and to avoid crowded shops
The CMO reiterated his message to reduce social contacts to stem the spread of Omicron.
# DAILY FIGURES
11,182 new coronavirus cases confirmed - Ireland's highest daily total
The Department of Health has estimated that Omicron accounts for 83% of cases now.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 7,411 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Dr Tony Holohan has said that the omicron is now accounting for almost three-quarters of new cases in Ireland.
# covid19
Coronavirus: 6,307 new cases confirmed in Ireland, with 55 deaths notified in the past week
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this evening.
# covid19
Plan for the rollout of boosters to under-40s expected by end of week, says HSE
Paul Reid said the country’s health system is already under pressure.
No plans for more restrictions this week, but Martin can't rule out discussions after Christmas
Increased demand for PCR testing puts strain on HSE booking systems
# Isolation
UK cuts Covid isolation period to 7 days as Johnson says no more restrictions before Christmas
The rule change will allow thousands of people to see their families in time for Christmas.
# Testing
Biden pledges 500 million free rapid Covid tests to counter Omicron
People will use a new website to order their tests, which will then be sent by US mail at no charge, the White House said.
# DAILY FIGURES
Only half of people with Covid-19 symptoms are isolating as 4,799 new cases confirmed in Ireland
467 people were in hospital with the virus this morning, including 104 are in intensive care.
# crunch the numbers
Covid-19: What does the recent data tell us about Ireland's fight against the virus?
As the government ramps up the vaccination rollout again, the data indicates boosters are doing their job.
High levels of Covid-19 continue to be reported among children, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Hospitalisation rates for older groups dipped following the rollout of booster vaccines.
Small numbers of people continue to come forward for their initial first and second doses of vaccine.
'It's not down to hesitancy at all': Are people less enthusiastic about boosters?
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 4,688 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 4,004 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.
# latest figures
Coronavirus: 4,115 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures today.