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# simon-harris - Yesterday’s News

Antibody test to identify 'immune' individuals to get government funding boost

Those that are ‘immune’ could therefore be safe to return to work.

# simon-harris - Saturday 27 June, 2020

In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers

The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.

# simon-harris - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Community contact tracing for one meat plant is at 73%, not 90%, department confirms

There has been some confusion about the level of contact tracing at meat processing plants.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.

# simon-harris - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Hairdressers and barbers should be allowed reopen at end of month, NPHET recommends

This recommendation will be subject to Cabinet approval tomorrow.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

'It's good news': Health Minister says virus reproductive rate is staying below 1

The reproductive rate gives an indication of the number of other people who are infected by a positive case.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Colds, flus and Covid-19 combined could overwhelm Irish health system this winter, experts warn

Flu season normally puts the Irish health system under strain.

# simon-harris - Monday 15 June, 2020

Government launches campaign to encourage use of face coverings

Health Minister Simon Harris said people will need to get into the habit of bringing a face covering out with them like they do with their phone or keys.

# simon-harris - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Employees at meat plants had to wait 16 days to be re-tested for Covid-19

More than 1,000 cases of the virus have been reported across 20 facilities nationwide.

# simon-harris - Friday 12 June, 2020

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

# simon-harris - Thursday 11 June, 2020

'It's actually a serious issue': Government to consider next week when hairdressers could re-open

Minister Harris said he recognises the importance of this question for business owners and for the wellbeing of members of the public.

Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'

Harris told the Dáil that the R number is now between 0.4 and 0.8.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 June, 2020

No return to rush-hour as Dublin's streets remain quiet on the first morning of Phase Two

Buses and train stations remained largely quiet this morning.

Harris urges public to keep number of close contacts 'small' as Ireland enters Phase Two

Harris was speaking as Ireland enters ‘Phase Two Plus’ of easing Covid-19 restrictions.

# simon-harris - Sunday 7 June, 2020

People will rely on family and friends for a ‘dig out’ until creches reopen, says minister

The government plan sets out that creches will open on 29 June.

# simon-harris - Saturday 6 June, 2020

'Highly unlikely' weddings with over 100 people will take place 'over the next few months', says Harris

NPHET is to give advice to government on weddings in the next seven to ten days.

# simon-harris - Friday 5 June, 2020

Dublin City Council says playgrounds will stay closed despite government announcement

The government announced that children can return to playgrounds as the country embarks on Phase Two.

'Phase Two Plus' to go ahead on Monday, pandemic payments to continue until August: Today's Covid-19 main points

Here are the main coronavirus stories you need to know today.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Harris says there is 'a slight potential increase' in the Covid-19 reproductive rate

Harris said the country is still effectively suppressing the growth of the virus.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Simon Harris back at work after Covid-19 test comes back negative

The health minister said that he was ‘delighted’ to be back at work.

Black Lives Matter protest still set to go ahead on Saturday after separate demonstration cancelled

A protest on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead, despite concerns from health officials.

Harris says 20km rule important to avoid virus being brought into less affected areas

The number of Covid-19 cases in ICU has fallen to 36, according to the latest figures.

'Large gatherings are dangerous': Harris says planned anti-racism march should be cancelled

A garda investigation into Monday’s protest is underway.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Simon Harris: 'Racism disgusts me, but protests that don't support social distancing are not possible'

The Heallth Minister said he understood the motivations of protesters and “would have been there with people in normal times”.

# simon-harris - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Five weeks in lockdown in hospital is tough - and the food makes it worse

A patient with cystic fibrosis, for whom nutrition is key to health, shares her hospital food experience.

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU drops to 42, down from peak of 160

The peak of patients requiring ICU care occurred on 4 April, with 160 people in intensive care beds.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again

Harris said government will continue to be led by public health advice.

# simon-harris - Saturday 23 May, 2020

Harris announces establishment of Covid-19 nursing home expert panel

The establishment of the panel follows a recent National Public Health Emergency Team recommendation.

# simon-harris - Friday 22 May, 2020

Harris says mandatory passenger form for those arriving in Ireland from next week

The Minister for Health addressed reporters this evening.

NPHET to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak in meat factories

Last night it emerged that 828 workers have been diagnosed across the country.

# simon-harris - Thursday 21 May, 2020

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45

The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today

A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarettes.

# simon-harris - Monday 18 May, 2020

Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter

The vaccine will also be free for people in at-risk groups and those aged 70 and over.

'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says

Small weddings are due to be permitted by 20 July, according to the government roadmap out of lockdown.

# simon-harris - Sunday 17 May, 2020

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU falls to 54

The latest figures show the virus’s prevalence has continued on a downward trajectory.

# simon-harris - Friday 15 May, 2020

'Curtains can wait': Why the government is allowing hardware - but not homeware - stores to re-open

Homeware stores will have to wait until a later phase to re-open.

Cabinet set to approve easing of restrictions, but homeware stores not permitted to open

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

# simon-harris - Thursday 14 May, 2020

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was taken by surprise when Dr Tony Holohan made the announcement last month.

'Remarkably stable': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen

Ireland’s reproductive rate has now fallen to between 0.4-0.6.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Human rights group calls on health minister to justify extending emergency garda powers

Figures show the emergency powers were invoked a total of 192 times over the past month.

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