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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

First patients arrive at Citywest self-isolation centre as Harris warns of 'very significant pressure' on hospitals Covid-19 This post contains videos
Contact tracing to be extended to suspected cases of Covid-19 HSE

Contact tracing to be extended to suspected cases of Covid-19

A team of 1,400 health officials will work to trace and contact people.

Staff health checks and more PPE for nursing home staff, but representative group says test results still too slow

Simon Harris has said a lot of the new measures are “already underway” in nursing homes.

# simon-harris - Monday 30 March, 2020

Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes

Minister Simon Harris met with representatives of nursing homes today to discuss their role in the Covid-19 crisis.

Simon Harris says everything cannot go ‘back to normal’ after Easter Sunday

The health minister also said he is concerned about the nation’s mental health.

# simon-harris - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Minister: 'There's a special place in hell for those that try to make a quick buck in a global pandemic'

The minister said Ireland would remember any companies that ratcheted up the cost of healthcare equipment during a time of need.

Covid-19: New emergency powers for gardaí likely to be signed 'over the weekend'

Under last week’s emergency legislation, the Minister for Health has the power to make further regulations for gardaí to use.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Student nurses on placement WILL be paid for duration of Covid-19 crisis

Student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a healthcare assistant.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

This Covid-19 information booklet will be delivered to every home in the country

Simon Harris says there is a lot of misinformation out there about the guidelines.

People advised not to make changes to health insurance as Covid-19 deal is arranged with private hospitals

Private hospitals will act as part of the public health system for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, but the exact details are yet to be confirmed.

'It's disgusting': Simon Harris says people have purposefully coughed in his face

The Health Minister said a man and woman came up to him and tried to cough on him as a joke yesterday.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic

The State will take control of all private hospital facilities.

# simon-harris - Monday 23 March, 2020

Two more deaths and 219 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland

Both patients were male and in the east of the country.

Government concerned about weekend crowds but further restrictions won't be based on 'what's trending on Twitter'

It is expected that further recommendations will be made by public health officials tomorrow.

# simon-harris - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Any pubs still open could be forcibly closed using 'emergency powers'

The warning came from Simon Harris and Tony Holohan.

'I know people are afraid... but we will not run out of tests', minister says amid reports of delays for Covid-19 test

“We’re trying to do in a number of days [what] would probably take months, if not years, to set up,” Regina Doherty explained.

# simon-harris - Friday 20 March, 2020

New law will empower minister to shut down pubs that refuse to close

TD Niall Collins says some pubs have remained open.

# simon-harris - Thursday 19 March, 2020

'There is a role for everyone': Minister says HSE need non-medical staff too and you'll be paid

Harris said emergency measures under new laws will only be in place until 9 May.

Limited number of TDs to attend Dáil sitting to pass emergency Covid-19 legislation

Some have called for a time limited ‘sunset clause’ to be included in the Bill relating to detentions.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Over 20,000 people contact HSE in response to government call-out for healthcare workers

It comes as the government warned that it expects a 30% increase in the number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Ireland every day.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

Patients seeking advice on Covid-19 from GPs will not have to pay

Private hospitals will need to give capacity to help the public service, said the minister.

'Your country needs you': Harris launches massive recruitment drive for doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff

The number of cases of Covid-19 could hit 15,000 within the next few weeks, according to the government.

# simon-harris - Friday 13 March, 2020

People returning from Cheltenham without Covid-19 symptoms will not need to self-isolate, says Harris

“We have followed our own government’s advice very closely indeed,” Ian Renton of the Cheltenham Festival said.

Simon Harris: Anyone returning from Spain and Italy will be asked to restrict movements for two weeks

The Health Minister made the announcement today.

# simon-harris - Thursday 12 March, 2020

What the new Covid-19 government measures mean for workers

People are being advised to work from home if possible from 6pm today.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 March, 2020

'Clarity' on St Patrick's parade and sick pay expected within next two days, says Harris

The parade is due to take place next Tuesday in Dublin city centre.

# simon-harris - Thursday 5 March, 2020

Two Clare schools close for two weeks after pupil among four people to test positive for Covid-19 in the west

Another school in the north of the county has advised parents to keep their children at home today.

# simon-harris - Monday 2 March, 2020

Harris says guidelines on mass gatherings expected to be issued tomorrow amid Covid-19 concerns

Meanwhile, a school in Dublin today began its two-week closing period after it was confirmed a pupil was diagnosed with Covid-19.

# simon-harris - Saturday 29 February, 2020

From The42 The minister, coronavirus and the IRFU: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it Viral News

The minister, coronavirus and the IRFU: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

The IRFU found themselves at the end of communication breakdown from government this week.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

IRFU boss says government should issue them with 'directive' on whether to cancel Italy match

Health Minister Simon Harris is meeting with the IRFU this afternoon.

'We can't ban travel': Health Minister rules out screening for Covid-19 at Irish airports

In recent days, an increased number of cases of Covid-19 have been identified on mainland Europe.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Harris to meet with IRFU after Dept says Ireland - Italy Six Nations game shouldn't go ahead

Sports minister Shane Ross said he backed the government’s recommendation.

Coronavirus spreads to southern Italy as Switzerland, Austria and Croatia report cases

Here at home the National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting to monitor the situation and advance preparedness plans.

Broadcaster Keelin Shanley honoured during rare diseases event at Dublin's Mansion House

Keelin’s husband Conor was in attendance while Health Minister Simon Harris also paid tribute.

# simon-harris - Monday 24 February, 2020

'I thought I was crazy': Patients with rare diseases urge next government to deliver on supports

Around 6% of the population in Ireland is living with a rare disease such as PKU and cystic fibrosis.

Coronavirus: Advice about Ireland v Italy Six Nations game and other public events to be reviewed today, says Harris

The Department of Health will review its advice in relation to mass gatherings today.

# simon-harris - Thursday 13 February, 2020

European health ministers convene special meeting over coronavirus outbreak

The death toll worldwide has reached more than 1,300 in recent days.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Fine Gael promises to cap hospital parking at €10 per day, SF says fees should be scrapped altogether

Public hospitals earned just over €11.7 million from car parking fees last year.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago?

Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.

# simon-harris - Saturday 11 January, 2020

Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?

The problem with drawing up legislation on exclusion zones is that there are competing rights involved, writes lecturer in constitutional law Dr Laura Cahillane.

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