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# Delta Variant

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# Delta Variant
New Zealand Covid cases hit record despite vaccination push
Health authorities announced 94 new virus cases, exceeding the previous daily record of 89.
# Australia
Sydney lockdown ends after 106 days
A handful of venues planned to open at 12:01 am local time to vaccinated customers.
# New Zealand
New Zealand drops 'Covid zero' goal after Delta outbreak
Jacinda Ardern said that a Delta outbreak had been a “game changer” and that a new approach was needed.
# Simply the Best
Ireland named 'best country' for response to pandemic in Bloomberg monthly resilience ranking
The nation was praised for its “startling turnaround” and the success of the vaccine rollout.
# Australia
Melbourne riot police use pepper spray to disperse violent anti-vaccine protest
The city as been in strict lockdown for seven weeks as the city struggles to curb a Delta outbreak.
# Delta Variant
WHO warns that Covid-19 deaths in Europe are rising
Of the WHO Europe’s 53 nations, 33 registered an incidence rate greater than 10% in the past two weeks, while deaths have increased by 11%.
# Delta Variant
New Zealand queries 'Covid zero' approach as Delta outbreak grows
Delta’s highly transmissible nature has raised “big questions” about the elimination strategy, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.
# Delta Variant
Australia's third-largest city enters snap lockdown as WHO sounds alarm on Delta
Worldwide, coronavirus infections are once again on the upswing.
# Google
Google employees 'will need to be vaccinated' before returning to offices
Google Ireland said they had no specifics regarding the measure in this country.
# thorny issues
Explainer: Why bosses could be on shaky legal ground if they ask staff about vaccine status
Asking workers to be fully vaccinated before returning to work raises thorny legal issues.
# Delta Variant
Delta variant ‘may be 46% more likely to cause re-infection’, but risk remains low
The overall chances of getting re-infected remain very low, but Delta appears to pose a higher risk than previous variants.
# Delta Variant
'There will be a high volume of cases': Taoiseach says spread of Delta variant is 'serious'
Covid-19 cases rose sharply this week, particularly among young people.
# Coronavrius
'Late' restrictions, low vaccination uptake and a new variant: what's behind Australia's Covid-19 surge?
Cases in the country have been at record-breaking levels for five days.
# Delta Variant
Catalonia reimposes virus rules as Delta strain wreaks global havoc
The Dutch are also reimposing some restrictions today.
# Northern Ireland
570 Covid-19 cases reported in Northern Ireland, the highest daily figure since January
It is the highest daily figure recorded since the beginning of the year.
# janssen
Pharmacies set to begin vaccinating 18-34 year-olds from next Monday
People in the age bracket can contact a participating pharmacy to book an appointment for the jab.
# Covid-19
De Gascun: Delta variant will 'almost certainly' be dominant in Ireland by mid-July
The NPHET member says the variant is “at least twice as transmissible as the virus we experienced last summer.”
# Australia
Australia's outback hub goes into lockdown as anger mounts over slow vaccine rollout
About 5% of Australians are reported to be fully vaccinated.
# Coronavirus
Minister claims he was speaking in 'personal' capacity when he called for second opinion on NPHET advice
NPHET issued advice to government yesterday.
# Setback
Taoiseach: 'Safest way' to return to indoor hospitality is to limit access to those vaccinated or recovered from Covid
The reopening was planned for 5 July but is to be delayed for at least two weeks.
# delta doubts
NPHET recommendation on indoor dining was 'very divisive', say politicians
Cabinet met today to consider whether indoor dining could be reopened on 5 July.
Full reopening of hospitality delayed past planned 5 July date
Restaurant and pub groups say suggestion is "unworkable" and "ridiculous"
The Taoiseach said we are in "a race between the variant and vaccine".
# Australia
10 million now in lockdown as fourth Australian city issues stay-at-home orders
Australia is now battling flare-ups of the highly contagious Delta variant.
# restrictions
South Africa bans alcohol sales to fight country's latest Covid-19 surge
President Ramaphosa banned gatherings, alcohol sales and sit-down meals in the move.
# Coronavirus
Millions in Sydney wake to two-week lockdown as Australia tries to contain Delta outbreak
The flare-up has been a shock for a city that had returned to relative normality.
# Australia
Sydney broadens Covid-19 lockdown as Delta variant cases sweep city
The flare-up was a shock for a city that had returned to relative normality.
# Australia
Lockdown ordered in central Sydney areas in bid to contain Delta variant outbreak
Premier of New South Wales state, which includes Sydney, called it the “scariest period” since the pandemic broke out.
# New Infections
'No reason it wouldn't become the dominant strain': Here's all the latest on the Delta variant
There are 210 confirmed cases of Delta in Ireland – and ‘as sure as night follows day, this is going to go in one particular direction’.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How much do we know right now about the Delta variant?
TCD virus expert Dr Kim Roberts and reporter Michelle Hennessy join us to explain more.
Delta variant: EU health agency warns any 'significant easing' of restrictions will lead to autumn surge
The variant will account for 90% of cases in the European Union by the end of August, the agency predicts.
# Hospitality Industry
Hospitality industry says delayed reopening of sector would have a 'catastrophic' impact on sector
Both restaurateurs and vintners’ representatives have called on the Government to explain the impact of the Delta variant.
# Coronavirus
Half of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland now indicative of Delta variant
The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of Covid in the UK.
# On track
No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.
# evening fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# covid19
Belgium bans British travellers over Delta variant concerns
Tighter travel restrictions on arrivals from Britain into Ireland rook effect on Tuesday.
# Delta Variant
Covid-19: The variant is surging in England - so how is Ireland managing to keep Delta at bay?
In just one week there has been a 79% rise in cases of this variant across the UK.
# Delta Variant
Tighter travel restrictions on arrivals from Britain into Ireland take immediate effect
The Irish Government is closely monitoring the spread of the Delta variant here.
Fully vaccinated people travelling from Great Britain will still need to self-quarantine for at least five days.
There are no self-quarantine requirements for those travelling from the North - unless a passenger is travelling from Britain via Northern Ireland.
In the week up to Monday, there were 2,270 new cases of Covid-19 - a drop of 21% on the previous week.
# Delta Variant
Public health bosses ‘concerned’ about impact of Delta variant in coming weeks
It comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to delay reopening plans by four weeks.
# Delta Variant
Boris Johnson confirms England will not lift last of restrictions until 19 July due to variant fears
Cases have significantly increased across Great Britain in the last three weeks.
# Delta Variant
Johnson poised to delay UK Covid lockdown lifting to July as experts urge caution
Ministers are considering putting back the final easing of controls in England for four weeks as cases of the Delta variant surge.
# Delta
Taoiseach calls for ‘all hands on deck’ to tackle Covid-19 variants
Micheal Martin said Ireland and the UK need to collaborate to monitor the ‘dark cloud’ cast by the Delta variant.