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# pandemic

Last year
# 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.
# public worship
Court says Declan Ganley entitled to 50% of costs for failed challenge of restrictions on mass
The costs are estimated to be a six-figure sum.
# pandemic
Extra public holiday to take place on 18 March and healthcare workers to get €1,000 bonus
In addition, from 2023 there will be a new annual public holiday at the start of February.
All time
# pandemic
If Omicron is more infectious but less severe it could create a new horizon, says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin says he is hopeful for 2022.
# Saga
Why have Leinster been left angry after ECPR awarded 28-0 win to Montpellier?
The Irish province had a matchday 23 cleared by the Irish authorities to travel.
# Cancelled
Leinster's game called OFF with Montpellier awarded bonus-point win
The French government is toughening rules on travel from the UK from midnight on Friday.
# protocols
'We were doing scrums with masks on' - Leinster players wait on final call
A decision on the Covid-threatened clash with Montpellier will be made today.
# Disruption
Wasps forced into changes against Munster after positive Covid-19 tests
The English club have had a late setback before their clash in Coventry.
Opinion: Listen to our mothers - fresh air and ventilation can prevent virus spread in hospitals
Prof Hilary Humphreys says too many of our hospitals in Ireland are cluttered and cramped which does not help containment of viruses.
# pandemic
Munster confirm positive Covid cases among group who returned to Ireland
Some of the players and staff who arrived back from South Africa have since tested positive.
# pandemic
Deeply unlucky Munster simply focused on getting home from South Africa
10 of their players and staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
# Green Light
Munster have been given the go-ahead to fly home from South Africa
Two members of the touring party will have to remain in Cape Town.
# Covid-19 accord
Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics, says WHO chief
A virtual meeting of the UN’s health agency is seeking to devise a global action plan for tackling future pandemics.
# Covid-19
Coalition leaders to meet with NPHET tomorrow to discuss Covid situation
The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been deemed a ‘concern’ by the World Health Organisation.
# Germany
Germany passes milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19
The country’s health minister has said rising cases mean everyone who is not vaccinated will have caught the virus by the end of winter.
# Capacity
ICU nurses: 'No more clapping by the public or lighting candles. At this stage, it's an insult'
Staff in intensive care units say they are at breaking point as a fourth surge of the pandemic hits.
Staff in intensive care units say they're at breaking point as a fourth Covid surge hits, Órla Ryan reports
"ICU nurses and doctors are absolutely exhausted and we haven't even hit the winter peak," one nurse said
Most ICU beds are full and the HSE is making efforts to increase surge capacity
Staff shortages force ICU nurses at St Vincent's Hospital to watch patients with baby monitor
# Boosters
US authorises Covid boosters for all over 18s
The booster decision comes as cases are rapidly rising nationally in the US
# Your story
Work in the live events or nightlife industry? Tell us how the Covid-19 restrictions have affected you
We want to hear your stories about how the restrictions since March 2020 have impacted your work life.
# Your story
You tell us: How are you living your life right now during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Have the rising numbers changed how many social contacts you have, or are things unchanged? You tell us.
# pandemic policing
Gardaí cut collective leave allowance as 'contingency' for possible Christmas Covid-19 measures
The garda Covid-19 Co-ordination Unit told gardaí the measure will take effect on 22 November.
# Coronavirus
Heading into winter, how are other countries in Europe coping with the latest Covid wave?
Germany reported its biggest daily increase in cases since the start of the pandemic yesterday.
# fourth wave
'ICU beds are running out again': Germany hit by 'massive' pandemic of unvaccinated
A system that excludes the unvaccinated from some activities could be introduced in Germany’s 16 states.
Student nurses Dáil protest: 'I know I'm not staying in Ireland - after I'm qualified, I'm gone'
Trade union representatives and opposition TDs said that paying student nurses was about securing the health service.
# Ana Liffey Drug Project
Covid housing supports allowed drug users to 'better engage with treatment services'
It also led to a decreased reliance on drugs and alcohol among some service users.
# Rome
World leaders to talk climate, economy, vaccines at G20
The two day talks will be held in Rome.
Opinion: 'Covid left many feeling disregarded by society because they don’t live in a family unit'
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes says that the level of suffering created by a lack of social interaction is just beginning to emerge.
# car price spike
Pandemic and 'Brexit-induced shock' blamed for used car price hike
In just three months since June 2021 used car prices have increased by 10.6%.
# extra support
Irish sport to receive €65m in additional funding this year
The announcement was made today by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and the Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers.
# Justice Committee
Justice Committee: Govt should create strategy to address premature release of info into media
The Joint Committee on Justice released its report ‘Civil Liberties during the Covid-19 Pandemic’ today.
# dolores cahill
Controversial pandemic campaigner Dolores Cahill no longer employed at UCD
Dolores Cahill had been a professor at the UCD faculty of Medicine.
# Violence
MEPs vote to make gender-based violence a crime in the EU
Ursula von der Leyen said legislation would be drawn up by the end of this year.
# Red C Poll
One in five people distanced themselves from family or friends due to Covid disagreements
Those in younger age groups were more likely to have fallen out with a loved one.
39% of people had disagreements with friends or family about how to behave during the pandemic, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Almost half of those aged 35-44 said they had disagreements with a family member or friend about Covid vaccines.
No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term
Huge surge in seizures of ivermectin as HSE warns against using unproven Covid-19 treatments
# the rotunda
RTÉ defends The Rotunda series after criticism over filming at maternity hospital during Covid
Critics of the series have questioned why a TV crew was given access when severe restrictions were in place for partners.
# covid19
Concerts, Communions and the return to offices: The key dates for lifting Covid restrictions
The Taoiseach this evening said the country is taking an important and welcome step forward.
The Taoiseach announced four key dates, with all restrictions on events and indoor activities lifted from 22 October.
In September indoor events and entertainment venues will be subject to capacity limits.
'A new phase of the pandemic': Taoiseach announces plan for final easing of Covid restrictions
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 1,997 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health announced the figures this afternoon.