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# explainer - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?
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The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

Jul 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 22,974 Views 17 Comments

We speak to one of the Oxford researchers working on a vaccine that has seen good results so far.

The 'green list': How other island-based nations have handled the re-opening of international travel
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The 'green list': How other island-based nations have handled the re-opening of international travel

Jul 21st 2020, 5:40 PM 43,316 Views 29 Comments

Some island nations are doing comparatively well in suppressing the virus.

# explainer - Friday 10 July, 2020

Explainer: What we know about Covid-19 and airborne transmission
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# Coronavirus

Explainer: What we know about Covid-19 and airborne transmission

Jul 10th 2020, 1:33 PM 21,453 Views 57 Comments

The WHO has updated its scientific brief on transmission of the coronavirus.

Explainer: The R0 is now 'at or above 1', but what does that mean for Covid-19 in Ireland?
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# Nphet

Explainer: The R0 is now 'at or above 1', but what does that mean for Covid-19 in Ireland?

Jul 10th 2020, 11:49 AM 59,568 Views 67 Comments

Acting chief medical officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that the situation remains stable.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

'A powerful tool': How does the new Covid-19 contact tracing app work?
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'A powerful tool': How does the new Covid-19 contact tracing app work?

Jul 7th 2020, 2:04 PM 97,808 Views 149 Comments

The app launched late last night.

# explainer - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments
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# Pricey Trip

Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments

Jul 4th 2020, 6:00 PM 137,380 Views 201 Comments

Claimants would not be able to claim for the duration of their holiday and two weeks afterwards.

# explainer - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel
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# Essential Info

Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel

Jul 2nd 2020, 4:22 PM 41,871 Views 47 Comments

The government is advising people to avoid all unnecessary overseas travel.

# explainer - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Why has Leicester gone back into lockdown - and could the same thing happen in an Irish town?
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Why has Leicester gone back into lockdown - and could the same thing happen in an Irish town?

Jul 1st 2020, 6:05 AM 30,267 Views 21 Comments

Leicester has had one in ten of all confirmed cases of Covid-19 in England in the past week.

# explainer - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Explainer: What's the current advice about taking holidays abroad and how would 'air bridges' work?
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# Holliers

Explainer: What's the current advice about taking holidays abroad and how would 'air bridges' work?

Jun 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 28,806 Views 32 Comments

Ireland is looking at creating travel corridors with other countries in Europe with similarly low levels of Covid-19, but there’s no certainty as of yet.

Explainer: What happens if the Programme for Government is rejected by one of the three parties?
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Explainer: What happens if the Programme for Government is rejected by one of the three parties?

Jun 25th 2020, 6:15 AM 13,660 Views 29 Comments

Ireland could be facing into a second election if the programme fails to pass through any of the three parties.

# explainer - Saturday 20 June, 2020

A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat
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A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat

Jun 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,243 Views 35 Comments

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Ireland had won a two-year stint on the UN Security Council.

# explainer - Friday 19 June, 2020

Explainer: What's going on between North and South Korea and why are tensions rising again now?
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# Korean Peninsula

Explainer: What's going on between North and South Korea and why are tensions rising again now?

Jun 19th 2020, 12:42 PM 13,750 Views 6 Comments

Analysts say recent tensions come from North Korea’s desire to have sanctions eased.

# explainer - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Explainer: How will pubs and restaurants work when they reopen on 29 June?
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Explainer: How will pubs and restaurants work when they reopen on 29 June?

Jun 18th 2020, 10:46 PM 44,914 Views 41 Comments

Pubs and restaurants serving food are expected to reopen in Phase Three

# explainer - Friday 12 June, 2020

Women make up the majority of Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases in Ireland. Why?
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Women make up the majority of Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases in Ireland. Why?

Jun 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,201 Views 46 Comments

“Whether it’s paid or unpaid, it’s women who are predominantly doing care work,” Orla O’Connor of the NWCI said.

# explainer - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Who killed Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister assassinated in 1986?
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Who killed Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister assassinated in 1986?

Jun 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 12,051 Views 4 Comments

Today, we might find out who Swedish prosecutors suspect of the killing.

# explainer - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them?
# Guidance
# Guidance

Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them?

Jun 9th 2020, 11:28 AM 28,975 Views 83 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan has said “we need to do better” in terms of the general public wearing face masks as recommended.

# explainer - Monday 8 June, 2020

What does shopping look like in a pandemic? Here's what we learnt today
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# Phase Two

What does shopping look like in a pandemic? Here's what we learnt today

Jun 8th 2020, 5:29 PM 45,278 Views 20 Comments

From queuing to face masks, the shopping experience looked very different today.

# explainer - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it)
# Economic Downturn
# Economic Downturn

Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it)

Jun 6th 2020, 9:30 AM 20,271 Views 1 Comment

Experts believe the process could provide a lifeline for troubled businesses in the post-pandemic period.

Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?
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# Protests

Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?

Jun 6th 2020, 7:45 AM 15,439 Views 27 Comments

The law was approved by Hong Kong legislators on Thursday.

Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work
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Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work

Jun 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 40,945 Views 20 Comments

The schemes will last throughout the summer into August. Here’s what it all means.

# explainer - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Explainer: The 213-year-old law Trump may invoke to deploy military troops in US states
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Explainer: The 213-year-old law Trump may invoke to deploy military troops in US states

Jun 2nd 2020, 2:20 PM 24,519 Views 96 Comments

The US President said he will “solve the problem” for governors if they do not “dominate the streets”.

# explainer - Sunday 24 May, 2020

Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask
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Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask

May 24th 2020, 11:00 AM 22,124 Views 13 Comments

The National Treasury Management Agency auctioned €1.5 billion of Irish government bonds last week.

# explainer - Friday 15 May, 2020

Phase One explained: Who's going back to work and what other restrictions have changed?
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# Questions Answered

Phase One explained: Who's going back to work and what other restrictions have changed?

May 15th 2020, 11:59 PM 61,820 Views 58 Comments

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

# explainer - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?
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Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?

May 14th 2020, 12:21 PM 79,643 Views 39 Comments

Cabinet is set to meet on Friday to discuss whether restrictions can be lifted.

# explainer - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?
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# Coronavirus

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?

Apr 29th 2020, 10:01 PM 38,650 Views 42 Comments

The Government has said that testing is key to gradually return to normal.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses
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# Coronavirus

Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses

Apr 22nd 2020, 9:40 PM 38,114 Views 56 Comments

The name ‘Covid-19′ comes from the outbreak of the virus in December 2019.

Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?
# It's All Relative
# It's All Relative

Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?

Apr 22nd 2020, 4:38 PM 49,135 Views 40 Comments

There have been more than 700 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Ireland so far.

# explainer - Monday 20 April, 2020

Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US?
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# Coronavirus

Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US?

Apr 20th 2020, 3:11 PM 33,307 Views 75 Comments

At one protest in Colorado, a woman shouted at a healthcare worker ‘You go to work, why can’t I go to work?’

# explainer - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately
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Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately

Apr 14th 2020, 9:50 PM 47,170 Views 33 Comments

Health officials say including the results from a German lab in ‘new cases’ would skew the curve.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?
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# Boris Johnson

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?

Updated Apr 7th 2020, 4:07 PM 22,931 Views 37 Comments

Dominic Raab is deputising for Boris Johnson, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

# explainer - Friday 3 April, 2020

Explainer: What is a viral load and does it impact on the severity of Covid-19 symptoms?
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# Coronavirus

Explainer: What is a viral load and does it impact on the severity of Covid-19 symptoms?

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:15 AM 28,830 Views 16 Comments

Concerns were raised on social media in relation to the viral load that would be contracted by healthcare workers.

# explainer - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Explainer: What is happening with Hungary's new Covid-19 laws and why are they so controversial?
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# Rule By Decree

Explainer: What is happening with Hungary's new Covid-19 laws and why are they so controversial?

Mar 31st 2020, 2:34 PM 75,640 Views 76 Comments

A contentious bill was passed by the Hungarian parliament last night.

# explainer - Monday 23 March, 2020

Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?
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Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?

Mar 23rd 2020, 3:36 PM 108,305 Views 41 Comments

Studies suggest that the virus can live for days outside the body, depending on the surface.

# explainer - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan?
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After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan?

Mar 17th 2020, 3:53 PM 6,345 Views 7 Comments

The current Ireland manager’s contract is due to expire this July.

# explainer - Thursday 12 March, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now
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# Covid-19

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now

Mar 12th 2020, 12:32 PM 29,013 Views 46 Comments

Health Minister Simon Harris said that it was based on crucial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team last night.

# explainer - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

'Economic shock' of Covid-19: Some central banks cut interest rates as Lagarde raises spectre of 2008
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# Coronavirus

'Economic shock' of Covid-19: Some central banks cut interest rates as Lagarde raises spectre of 2008

Mar 11th 2020, 5:37 PM 22,412 Views 30 Comments

The economic effects of coronavirus can be mitigated “if we handle it well,” according to the Bank of England.

# explainer - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump

Updated Mar 10th 2020, 11:38 AM 15,170 Views 19 Comments

Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.

# explainer - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?
# Border Problems
# Border Problems

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Mar 9th 2020, 3:59 PM 16,386 Views 12 Comments

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# explainer - Friday 6 March, 2020

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms
# What's What
# What's What

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms

Mar 6th 2020, 6:05 AM 59,257 Views 13 Comments

We’re hearing lots about pandemics, contact tracing and community transmission. Let’s break it all down.

# explainer - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Q & A: What do you want to know about Covid-19 and Ireland's response to it?
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# Coronavirus

Q & A: What do you want to know about Covid-19 and Ireland's response to it?

Updated Mar 3rd 2020, 2:20 PM 23,744 Views 0 Comments

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