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# pandemic

This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# pandemic
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# WHO
WHO panel debates Covid's emergency status and whether pandemic merits highest level of alert
The outcome will be issued early next week.
Last month
January 2023
# Transport
Used car prices jump by almost 70% - due to pandemic, Brexit and Ukraine - report says
In particular, used cars in the lower end of the market are becoming less affordable despite being lower in safety standards and higher in emissions.
# Vaccines
Over 70% of workforce have received Covid vaccine and at least one booster, latest data shows
61% of employees have a first booster and 13% of employees in the state had a second booster.
# pandemic
Covid-19 inquiry 'should not be about pointing fingers' – Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said he hopes to have an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic up and running this year.
Last year
2022
# pandemic preparedness
Plans on how to respond to possible future pandemic are being worked on, CMO says
Professor Breda Smyth became CMO in October after Dr Tony Holohan stepped aside.
# lockdown over
WHO concerned over China Covid cases but country claims no new deaths
Beijing last week admitted the scale of the outbreak has become ‘impossible’ to track
# pandemic
China expands lockdowns as Covid-19 cases hit daily record
Officials in the government of Zhengzhou have declared a ‘war of annihilation’ against the virus.
# G20
G20 ministers launch billion-dollar pandemic fund
The fund is viewed as one of the early global outcomes of the G20 summit next week.
# ESRI
Young people argued with parents and siblings more during first year of the Covid pandemic
The ESRI findings are based on an online survey that was carried out in December 2020.
# pandemic
World Health Organisation warns Covid is still an international emergency
The WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, agreed, warning that there were still millions of cases being reported each week
# mike ryan
Irish head of emergencies at WHO reveals he received death threats during pandemic
The Sligo-born doctor said that he may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Voices
Opinion: The world wants us to go back to normal after the pandemic. Maybe we need to rest instead
Artist Áine O’Hara has created the Rest Rooms, where rest is a form of resistance – here, she explains the background to the installation.
# pandemic
Four in five Covid-19 deaths had at least three medical conditions involved
Diseases of the respiratory system were reported in 5,279 (or 98%) of Covid-19 deaths.
# Covid-19
Penneys accounts show €72 million less revenue last year
The company’s stores opened for Christmas 2020 but closed in January and didn’t reopen until May 2021.
# Coronavirus
Pair of new studies point to natural Covid origin in Wuhan animal market
Answering whether the disease transferred naturally from animals, or was due to a lab accident, is considered vital to averting the next pandemic.
# pandemic
Current Covid wave has peaked but hospital capacity remains under pressure, says CMO
46 Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the first 19 days of this month.
# increase
Almost one in ten people struggled with food poverty in 2021, according to government
Approximately 8.9% of Irish people experience food poverty according to a government survey, around 445,000 people.
# British Medical Journal
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
# Covid-19
World Bank approves billion dollar fund for developing countries to fight future pandemics
The fund was developed under the leadership of the United States, Italy and Indonesia.
# covid19
Official Covid case numbers 'just the tip of the iceberg' as subvariants lead to summer surge
Last week there was a more than 50% jump in reported case numbers.
# Ombudsman
Majority of complaints about Covid-19 news articles linked to anonymous Facebook group
More than 500 complaints in total were made last year – 200 of those related to coverage of the pandemic.
# Mental Health
Levels of depression almost doubled among young people during the pandemic
Widespread mental health issues, particularly among young women are of ‘significant concern’.
# Health in Ireland
'I’ve never seen morale so broken': What one change do healthcare workers want to improve the system?
We asked health workers and others familiar with the sector what they want to see happen to improve healthcare in Ireland.
The Irish healthcare system is frequently hit with criticism and suggestions for how it can be improved.
Progress on the overhaul of the system is continuing but has been slow.
We asked workers and those familiar with the sector what one change they would like to see put into place.
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
# Davos
Billionaires’ wealth rose more during Covid-19 pandemic than in 23 years combined
A new billionaire was created every 30 hours during the pandemic, according to Oxfam.
# Covid-19
Two cases of new Covid-19 variant of concern confirmed in Ireland
Earlier this month, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control classified two sub-lineages of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as variants of concern.
# periods
Union calls for menstrual health policy in every Irish workplace
Over 70% of respondents in a survey conducted by the union had taken time off work because of their periods.
# Child Welfare
Children's Ombudsman warns of pandemic knock-on impacts as complaints surge almost 80%
Over half of the complaints in 2021 related to education.
# Healthcare
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
With Ireland now in a different phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, will lessons be learned from the crisis gone by?
# excess mortality
WHO says Covid pandemic caused deaths of nearly 15 million people around world
The figure includes deaths directly associated with Covid as well as those due to the pandemic’s impact on the health system and society.
# pandemic
WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe, links problem to Covid lockdowns
Obesity rates in the region have ballooned by 138% in the past five decades.
Prison officers launch stinging attack over treatment of staff during Covid-19 pandemic
The Prison Officers’ Association are holding their annual conference in Sligo.
# Covid-19
UK Government policies discharging Covid patients to care homes 'unlawful', High Court rules
The case was brought by two women whose fathers died from Covid-19.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still wear a face mask in certain situations?
They’re no longer mandatory, but they can still offer protection against catching or spreading Covid-19.
# dr tedros
What will Covid-19 bring next? The World Health Organization outlines three scenarios
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, said the virus still has “a lot of energy left”.
# 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.
# Covid-19
Tánaiste rules out bringing back Covid restrictions
There are currently around 1,100 people in hospital with Covid, with some 50 people in ICU.
# 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
# covid flying
Ryanair ranked worst short-haul airline for Covid refunds
The carrier received a refund satisfaction score of just 47% in a survey by consumer group Which?
# Remembrance
Irish arts and culture to play key role in national Covid commemorative day in March
A national commemoration event will take place on Sunday 20 March.