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# nphet

This year
# Covid-19
Former NPHET member: Long-term school closures were 'not required'
Professor Cormican was speaking this morning to RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor.
# Vaccines
Former NPHET member says mandatory Covid vaccines should have been considered
Professor Cormican also said that the intensity of lockdown measures meant that some vulnerable people were ‘effectively abandoned for months’.
Last year
# deputy cmo
Dr Ronan Glynn to resign as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the end of the month
Tributes were paid to Dr Ronan Glynn by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
# Philip Nolan
NPHET 'did not communicate Covid-19 models as well as necessary' to Government, says Nolan
Nolan said that as health experts, ‘we need to be better at communicating the range of possibilities and uncertainties’.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s a roundup of stories from today.
Coronavirus: 5,883 new cases and 1,182 patients in hospital, including 58 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
# Covid-19
Government wants a much smaller group with 'fresh' thinking for NPHET's replacement
Around 14 people will sit on the new group which is due to be announced this week.
Around 14 people will sit on the new group, due to be announced this week, Christina Finn writes.
Government reportedly believes some 'fresh' thinking is required on group.
It is understood that Health Minister wants to ensure scientists are well represented and that there is a better gender balance.
Coronavirus: 9,070 new cases and 829 patients in hospital, including 51 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
# Covid-19
NPHET warned that mandatory vaccinations could cause 'distrust' in programme
The paper said Ireland’s vaccine programme has seen success due to “trust and transparency”.
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.
# 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.
CMO says PCR testing 'no longer needed' for most under 55s and suggests concluding NPHET
Dr Tony Holohan recommended change to the priority for PCR testing.
Dr Tony Holohan has said that asymptomatic close contacts will no longer need to restrict their movements.
CMO also says it is 'timely' to conclude the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team given this stage of the pandemic.
Taoiseach earlier confirmed that mask-wearing would become optional in most settings.
# nphet
NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.
# nphet
Covid isolation rules and possible scale-back of testing to be discussed by public health experts
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told his party that the Covid situation is ‘stable’.
# nphet
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
# daily cases
Coronavirus: 11,063 new cases, 615 people in hospital and 64 in ICU
The Department of Health released the figures this afternoon.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 9,365 new cases and 646 patients in hospital, including 72 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Coronavirus: 13,363 new PCR-confirmed cases and 12,709 positive antigen tests reported since Friday
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today – as figures are no longer reported at the weekend.
# daily stats
Coronavirus: 10,414 new cases announced in Ireland, with 49 deaths notified in the past week
Health authorities confirmed the figures this evening.
# nphet
No current plans for NPHET to be disbanded, says Donnelly
The Health Minister said that the Government is currently looking at a medium-term strategy for current Covid-19 protections, like vaccines and testing.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: 10,600 cases, 836 people in hospital and 78 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# opening up
Government confirm sporting events to return to full capacity from tomorrow
Munster Rugby have reacted by releasing an additional 11,000 tickets for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Wasps.
# easing restrictions
Varadkar says some restrictions may take longer than others to be lifted
NPHET last night gave the green light for almost all restrictions to be removed.
# Greenlight
NPHET advice paves way for early scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions
NPHET met today to discuss Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.
# crunch talks
Taoiseach expects to give 'clear, comprehensive' statement on easing of restrictions tomorrow
NPHET is to meet this afternoon to discuss possible easing of Covid restrictions.
# easing restrictions
Friday Cabinet meeting 'not out of the question' as Govt optimistic about easing restrictions
There is an optimistic mood in government circles as politicians return to work after the Christmas break.
Senior sources said it’s very possible there will be a Cabinet meeting on Friday amid calls for clarity to be given to businesses before next week.
NPHET will meet on Thursday and will consider easing restrictions on hospitality and working from home.
The mood music is positive among those in government circles, Political Correspondent Christina Finn reports.
Varadkar: Ireland coming to the point where it needs to 'move on' from Covid-19 restrictions
# latest figures
Covid-19: 10,753 positive PCRs, 4,208 positive antigen tests, 965 in hospital and 88 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# lifting restrictions
Govt to review 8pm closing time as Taoiseach hopes NPHET advice will allow easing of restrictions
Micheál Martin says case numbers are levelling off.
# 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.
# hospital figures
Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO
The HSE is to provide the health minister with details about the patient types included in the Covid hospitalisation numbers.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 20,909 cases, 1,055 in hospital, 83 deaths notified in past week
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# vaccine mandates
NPHET to discuss mandatory vaccination, but Taoiseach says voluntary policy will be kept
The issue is to be discussed after the Department of Health prepares a legal and ethical paper on vaccine mandates.
Estimated 15,000 HSE staff out on Covid leave: 'Without derogation we would be in severe trouble'
Anne O’Connor said the HSE has estimated that 12% of its workforce is absent this week, which is “somewhere between 14,000 and 15,000″.
# omicron
No new restrictions recommended by NPHET
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said earlier this week that most patients in ICU have the Delta variant.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 23,817 new confirmed cases, 941 in hospital and 90 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health today.
# latest figures
Covid-19: 17,656 cases, 928 in hospital, 40 deaths notified in past week
The latest figures were reported by the Department of Health today.
All time
# omicron
Covid case numbers are spiralling globally but deaths are down
The average number of new daily coronavirus cases globally has passed the symbolic one million mark.
13,765 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ireland
Here are the latest coronavirus case numbers for Ireland from NPHET.
# 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.
# omicron
'We can get through Omicron and overcome it' - Taoiseach
All restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres must close at 8pm until 30 January.
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
EU health watchdog approves fifth Covid vaccine
New Covid restrictions come into effect in Ireland as almost 40% of over-18's receive booster