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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Lockdown

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# covid19
Restrictions to remain in place in Kildare for two weeks but lifted for Laois and Offaly
Over the last 14 days 455 cases had been reported in Kildare, 81 in Offaly and 41 in Laois.
Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks
Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.
# Misinformation
Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote
The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.
# Coronavirus
Almost half of new Covid-19 cases linked to outbreaks in workplaces
The CSO has been analysing the statistics for the number of people who contracted or died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.
# Lockdown
New Zealand races to track origin of Covid-19 outbreak as case numbers jump
The surge in new cases raised the prospect that a three-day lockdown imposed in Auckland could be extended.
What impact will GAA shutdown have on Kildare, Laois and Offaly club schedules?
Action in the three counties was brought to a halt last Friday.
# restrictions
Explainer: How other countries have managed local lockdowns after Covid-19 clusters
The recent increase in cases in Ireland is largely associated with clusters in three counties.
# Covid-19
'High degree of anger': Concerns over compliance as 'arbitrary' county boundaries used to impose local lockdown
Local TDs have been reacting to the latest restrictions imposed on Laois. Offaly and Kildare.
# outbreaks
'We cannot afford to wait and see': Taoiseach calls for solidarity as first localised restrictions set to take effect
The Taoiseach addressed the country after 6pm this evening.
# still rising
India's coronavirus cases reach over two million
The country has the third-highest number of cases in the world.
# Brain power
Leinster and the Crusaders linked up for a fascinating project during lockdown
The Irish province are viewing the next few months of games like a World Cup.
# downturn
Eurozone economy suffers record drop during lockdown months
The decline in Europe compares to a 9.5% quarter-on-quarter decline for the United States.
# Looking Forward
'I'm not afraid to say that I want to go on a Lions tour and that's my ambition'
Andrew Conway is feeling refreshed after lockdown and wants to continue his growth as a player.
# covid19
Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new surges prompt fresh restrictions
European countries are struggling to balance keeping tourism open while guarding against new flare-ups of infection.
# Covid-19
Johnson admits UK government could have handled pandemic ‘differently’
More than 50,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK.
# operation navigation
Operation Navigation: Another 20 pubs suspected of breaching Covid-19 restrictions
A total of 59 licenced premises have been caught allegedly breaching regulations since 3 July.
# Study
Parents of children under 5 and women 'hardest hit by Covid-19 lockdown'
A study found no deterioration in mental health in men and the over-45s.
# covid19
Q&A: Your questions about Ireland's Covid-19 restrictions and health advice answered
Phase 4 has been delayed and there are some new restrictions on the way – what does it mean for you?
# Spain
Barcelona tells people to stay at home and 100,000 mink to be culled in Aragon
Covid-19 cases have spiked in Catalonia and the neighbouring Aragon region.
# operation navigation
Eleven more pubs found breaching Covid reopening rules over the weekend
Gardaí carried out thousands of checks over the weekend.
# Melbourne
Covid-19: Australia to slash quota of citizens who are allowed re-enter the country
Australia closed its international borders to all but returning citizens and permanent residents in late March, but a quota on numbers is in place.
# Lockdown
Shoppers in Melbourne strip the shelves ahead of midnight lockdown
Australia yesterday confirmed a further 134 infections in the past 24 hours.
# Lockdown
Serbia reintroduces lockdown after highest daily Covid-19 death toll
The country’s president said a curfew will probably last from 6pm on Friday until 5am on Monday.
# Africa
South Africa reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases
More than 11 million people around the world are now known to have been infected since the pandemic began.
Opinion: Our rotting Seanad won’t survive much longer, it's crying out for reform
UCC students Adam Hallissey and Charlie Power argue that the Seanad has become a place for failed TDs to wait for election, and it has the capacity for so much more.
As a creche owner, I had butterflies on Monday, but we're getting there
One childcare provider shares her thoughts on reopening in the ‘new normal’ and thanks former minister Katherine Zappone for the work she’s done.
# Ready to go
Munster changes, the trophy hunt, Ireland's hurt - O'Mahony refreshed for rugby return
The 30-year-old feels he has benefitted from the lockdown.
# reinforcements
'It's great to have guys of this calibre being signed' - POM welcomes Munster additions
The province’s captain is excited about the fresh faces in the squad.
Barbers and hairdressers say it's 'Christmas on steroids' - some even organised midnight openings
Across the country, people got their first hair cut in months.
# Phase Three
Open thread: What are you most looking forward to doing from today?
Ireland today enters Phase Three of its exit from lockdown. Let us know what you’re excited about doing.
# covid19
Social distancing to be reduced to one metre in Northern Ireland
First Minister Arlene Foster also announced reopening dates for places of worship,visitor attractions and beauty salons.
# meat factories
Germany orders new lockdowns in two areas in response to Covid-19 outbreaks
The restrictions were announced in Guetersloh and neighbouring Warendorf in western Germany.
# Covid-19
Boris Johnson to discuss easing lockdown and two-metre rule with scientists
Johnson will tomorrow outline the plans to parliament for pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers to reopen in England.
# Commuters
Trinity College asks Dublin City Council to improve walking and cycling routes as restrictions are eased
The local authority indicated improvements are needed to walking/cycling routes in a report published in May.
# Wellbeing
Nationwide survey will ask people how they are coping as Covid-19 restrictions ease
It will also ask people about how well they feel the government is balancing the lifting of restrictions with that of economic and social wellbeing.
# Reunited
'Tears of joy and happiness' as visitors return to nursing homes
It has been three months since residents have been able to see their loved ones in person.
# Food Market
Parts of Beijing locked down after dozens of people test positive for Covid-19
A new cluster is linked to a wholesale food market.
# support bubbles
People living alone in Northern Ireland can reunite with families today
It means an isolated grandparent will be able to see their grandchildren again, or partners separated by the pandemic can meet up.
# factcheck
Debunked: It's false to claim that fewer than 100 people have died directly from Covid-19
Over 1,600 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland.
# Tadpole Girl
'Nothing political, nothing stressful. Just calm tadpoles': Tyrone teen on her international TikTok fame
Hannah McSorley is affectionately known as “tadpole girl” and has an audience scattered across the USA, UK, Ireland and beyond.