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# nphet - Yesterday’s News

Public health officials ‘not anticipating’ advising Government to keep schools shut

There have been five further deaths related to Covid-19 and an additional 720 confirmed cases in Ireland.

Normal Halloween celebrations are 'not going to be possible this year I'm afraid', says Holohan

Kids won’t be able to call around to neighbours houses this weekend, says NPHET.

# nphet - Monday 26 October, 2020

Government looking at rapid testing regime as means of easing Christmas travel restrictions

A new test – known as the ‘LAMP’ test – could open up travel in the coming weeks, it’s hoped.

# nphet - Friday 23 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Seven deaths and 777 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 is '100 times greater than four months ago'

The national incidence rate of Covid-19 is now over 300 per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

# nphet - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,167 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures come in ahead of the introduction of Level 5, which is due to take effect tonight.

# nphet - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Here's the letter from Tony Holohan that recommended Level 5 for six weeks

The Chief Medical Officer sent the letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last Thursday.

# nphet - Monday 19 October, 2020

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect

Cabinet signed off on the measures earlier today.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 1,031 new cases confirmed in Ireland

There are 34 people in ICU, and there have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

# nphet - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Modified Level 4 restrictions possible with Cabinet to meet on Monday

Government leaders met today to discuss the recommendation to move to Level 5.

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# nphet - Friday 16 October, 2020

Taoiseach says 'active consideration' will be given to NPHET's Level 5 advice as leaders set to meet tomorrow

The Government will now have to decide if it will accept NPHET’s recommendation.

From The42 Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Ireland coach says the health and safety of the country has to take priority over the completion of a rugby tournament.

Rebecca Moynihan: We cannot ask those living alone to isolate further - time for social bubbles

The Labour senator is calling for the introduction of support bubbles through Covid restrictions – not just for older people, but for everyone who lives alone in this country.

# nphet - Thursday 15 October, 2020

If current restrictions have no effect, there will be 400 people with Covid-19 in hospital by Halloween

A number of stark figures were given at tonight’s Department of Health briefing.

Data in detail: Over 100,000 tests, 238 hospitalised cases, a rising 5-day incidence

NPHET is meeting this afternoon to consider additional Covid-19 restrictions.

# nphet - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Warning that Republic will follow North's Covid-19 trend without 'radical' change in behaviours this week

Dr Mary Favier said the health service here faces a greater challenge due to resourcing deficiencies.

# nphet - Friday 9 October, 2020

Vintners call for minimum unit pricing on off-licence sales 'to curb house party outbreaks'

The VFI wants off-licence opening hours to be shortened and minimum pricing to be introduced.

# nphet - Thursday 8 October, 2020

CMO and Health Minister discussed possibility of moving to Level 4 before Level 5 recommendation

Stephen Donnelly issued a statement in the Dáil this evening to clarify the timeline last weekend.

NPHET recommends no additional Covid-19 restrictions following meeting today

Level 3 restrictions are in place nationwide, after the Government rejected NPHET’s recommendation on Sunday to move to Level 5.

Coronavirus: One more death and 506 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

HSE says hospital system 'challenged but not overwhelmed' though trends remain 'a strong concern'

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that some hospitals may have to start deferring or cancelling procedures.

'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Donnelly is to make a statement about the sequence of events prior to NPHET’s Level 5 recommendation later today.

Covid-19: Thick-skinned Holohan returns with warning of 'further deterioration' since Sunday's Level 5 advice

NPHET last night reported five deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland and 611 new cases.

# nphet - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

CMO spoke to Health Minister before and after NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Level 5 recommendation “came out of the blue” on Sunday.

There are now 156 Covid-19 patients in hospital and 25 in ICU

Last Thursday, there were 122 hospitalisations and 20 people in ICU.

'We have now entered a phase of exponential growth': R number 'close to 1' in Dublin but growth outside capital 'significantly higher'

NPHET also warned of a potential 1,500 new cases of the virus every day by November.

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 611 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

# nphet - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'

The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion' Nphet This post contains videos

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'

NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.

Professor Sam McConkey: Prepare for Levels 4 and 5, yesterday just delayed the inevitable

Professor Sam McConkey says he understands the thinking behind yesterday’s decision by Government, but believes it won’t be enough to stop the second wave of Covid-19.

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.

Concern that relationship between NPHET and government is 'changed forever' after yesterday's meeting

Some ministers said they only learned about the mooted new restrictions on Twitter.

# nphet - Monday 5 October, 2020

NPHET warned that Level 5 is the 'only opportunity' to control Covid-19

Dr Tony Holohan warned in a letter last night of a “significant and deteriorating” epidemiological situation.

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the government and NPHET “have to get back on the same page”.

As it happened: Taoiseach confirms nationwide Level 3 restrictions after rejecting Level 5 recommendation

The Taoiseach addressed the nation this evening.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 518 new cases confirmed in Ireland, including 134 in Dublin

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

'The outcome will be the same': Nationwide move to Level 3 will not stop spread of Covid-19, expert warns

Professor Sam McConkey believes case numbers will continue to rise if the Government rejects NPHET’s advice.

Twelve trade associations and 429 individual businesses send open letter to Government over Level 5 fears

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has said the government should reject Nphet’s advice.

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

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