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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.
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
US authorises Covid boosters for all over 18s
The booster decision comes as cases are rapidly rising nationally in the US
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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%.
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: 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.
Controversial pandemic campaigner Dolores Cahill no longer employed at UCD
Dolores Cahill had been a professor at the UCD faculty of Medicine.
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.
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
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.
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
Coronavirus: 1,997 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health announced the figures this afternoon.
Some Covid symptoms last a year for many hospitalised patients, study finds
The research is the largest yet on the condition known as long Covid.
One in four Irish people say their mental health declined during pandemic, survey shows
The RCSI survey found that one in five said their general health declined during this time.
Pfizer vaccine's effectiveness against Delta variant 'declines faster' than AstraZeneca
Scientists said that the level of protection offered by both vaccines is still quite high.
Seven in 10 people think live outdoor music events should go ahead this year
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should be allowed to take place in 2021.
The majority of people think live music events should go ahead this year, according to a new opinion poll
Three in 10 people disagree, citing concerns about Covid-19
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should take place, Órla Ryan writes
Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
Government spent €30.6 billion on social welfare payments in 2020, up 46% from 2019
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described the increase as “extraordinary”.
US rebuffs WHO call for moratorium on Covid booster vaccines
“We cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it,” the WHO chief said.
Legal experts call for clarity on relationship between NPHET and government
A report said the public health team became the “de facto decision maker” rather than simply an adviser to government.
Outbreaks in China and Australia prompt stricter Covid measures
The WHO has urged countries to contain the Delta variant.
'A very unique year': Big drop in the number of dogs destroyed at Irish pounds in 2020
171 dogs were put to sleep in pounds last year.
Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.
Coronavirus: 1,377 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The number of young people contracting the virus rose sharply this week.
'I'd be shocked if players aren't starting to question how smart it is to stay'
It has been a chaotic week for the Lions in South Africa.
Lions player who was positive for Covid yesterday returns negative result today
The tourists’ MD confirmed that some members of the set-up had opted against vaccination.
Lions confirm positive Covid-19 case leaving tonight's Sharks game in doubt
Two players and two other members of staff have been identified as close contacts.
Boks' clash with Georgia cancelled due to 16 Covid cases across both camps
SA Rugby will plough on towards the Test series despite a third wave of the virus in South Africa.
Dr Mike Ryan: 'We're underestimating the tsunami of mental health issues emerging'
Dr Ryan also spoke of how inequality has led to poorer outcomes for marginalised groups during the pandemic.
Covid continues to loom large in South Africa as Lions Tests come into view
The tourists are being tested three times a week and sticking to strict protocols.
Not just a cough and a fever: What we know about Covid-19's symptoms now
We all need to be on the lookout for a myriad of different symptoms.
Gavin James and Denise Chaila to headline pilot festival today
Some 3,500 people snapped up tickets for the concert.