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# 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
# Reproductive Rate
# Reproductive Rate

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

May 21st 2020, 3:32 PM 34,416 Views 47 Comments

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
# Smoking
# Smoking

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today

May 20th 2020, 6:10 AM 38,291 Views 47 Comments

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
# Influenza
# Influenza

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

May 18th 2020, 10:49 AM 30,758 Views 81 Comments

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
# Roadmap
# Roadmap

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

May 18th 2020, 9:15 AM 38,134 Views 48 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

May 17th 2020, 5:13 PM 25,731 Views 35 Comments

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
# Hard To Explain
# Hard To Explain

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

May 15th 2020, 9:55 PM 40,539 Views 51 Comments

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
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

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

May 15th 2020, 1:30 PM 59,819 Views 83 Comments

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

Updated May 14th 2020, 9:42 PM 33,665 Views 54 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

May 14th 2020, 4:20 PM 31,092 Views 42 Comments

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
# ICCL
# ICCL

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

May 13th 2020, 6:51 PM 31,750 Views 67 Comments

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

# simon-harris - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
# Regulation
# Regulation

Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country

May 12th 2020, 11:18 AM 26,413 Views 55 Comments

The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.

# simon-harris - Sunday 10 May, 2020

HSE still plans to roll out contact tracing app by end of the month
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

HSE still plans to roll out contact tracing app by end of the month

May 10th 2020, 3:44 PM 23,376 Views 55 Comments

The app will be opt-in and support, rather than replace, current contact tracing processes.

# simon-harris - Thursday 7 May, 2020

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

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

May 7th 2020, 5:08 PM 27,397 Views 26 Comments

Harris said the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care have halved in the last week.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister
# Staycations
# Staycations

New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister

May 6th 2020, 4:32 PM 25,707 Views 26 Comments

Health Minister Simon Harris told this website that he thinks another bank holiday is a good idea.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Level of secondary deaths to be considered by Cabinet every three weeks
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Level of secondary deaths to be considered by Cabinet every three weeks

May 5th 2020, 6:45 AM 22,890 Views 14 Comments

Harris said plans are afoot to ramp up use of Ireland’s private hospitals.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 May, 2020

Simon Harris: 'Ireland needs a day where people can grieve for those who have died during this pandemic'
# Big Interview
# Big Interview

Simon Harris: 'Ireland needs a day where people can grieve for those who have died during this pandemic'

May 4th 2020, 7:37 PM 64,176 Views 93 Comments

Ramping up testing, a day for Ireland to grieve, and another bank holiday – just some of the plans for during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus: 16 deaths and 266 new cases confirmed in Ireland
# Department Of Health
# Department Of Health

Coronavirus: 16 deaths and 266 new cases confirmed in Ireland

May 4th 2020, 5:23 PM 123,227 Views 174 Comments

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures in a statement this evening.

Simon Harris defends Irish-based American pharmaceuticals following Trump criticism
# Supply Chains
# Supply Chains

Simon Harris defends Irish-based American pharmaceuticals following Trump criticism

Updated May 4th 2020, 4:48 PM 72,183 Views 107 Comments

US President Donald Trump made a pledge to bring Irish-based US pharmaceutical companies back to the US.

# simon-harris - Sunday 3 May, 2020

Harris warns government 'not sustainable for much longer', Donohoe sets July deadline to pass new legislation
# Government Formation
# Government Formation

Harris warns government 'not sustainable for much longer', Donohoe sets July deadline to pass new legislation

Updated May 3rd 2020, 2:06 PM 96,246 Views 193 Comments

The Greens’ parliamentary party members are due to resume talks today on whether or not they will enter government formation talks.

Simon Harris says he's aware of the impact cocooning is having on over 70s
# Health Minister
# Health Minister

Simon Harris says he's aware of the impact cocooning is having on over 70s

May 3rd 2020, 6:30 AM 19,569 Views 20 Comments

The Health Minister called the over-70 group a “resilient generation”.

# simon-harris - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis
# Delays
# Delays

Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis

May 2nd 2020, 7:00 PM 15,618 Views 57 Comments

GP referrals for suspected cancer cases have dropped by more than a half.

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen below 100
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen below 100

May 2nd 2020, 5:20 PM 30,414 Views 43 Comments

The number of people in ICU is a figure Harris said will watched very carefully over the coming weeks.

'It's not looking good': Foreign travel looking 'highly unlikely' this year, says Harris
# Holidays
# Holidays

'It's not looking good': Foreign travel looking 'highly unlikely' this year, says Harris

May 2nd 2020, 3:45 PM 229,939 Views 149 Comments

Government is to consider making it mandatory to self-isolate if you arrive in Ireland from abroad.

# simon-harris - Friday 1 May, 2020

Simon Harris to extend emergency Garda powers until 18 May
# Emergency Powers
# Emergency Powers

Simon Harris to extend emergency Garda powers until 18 May

May 1st 2020, 11:59 PM 24,236 Views 51 Comments

The health minister said he would sign the updated regulations tonight.

Taoiseach to outline 'roadmap' to lifting restrictions today - here's what we know so far
# Out Of Lockdown
# Out Of Lockdown

Taoiseach to outline 'roadmap' to lifting restrictions today - here's what we know so far

May 1st 2020, 12:10 AM 77,229 Views 139 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will outline the plan this evening.

# simon-harris - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Reproduction rate currently between 0.5 and 0.8 as Harris says measures 'saved over 3,500 lives'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Reproduction rate currently between 0.5 and 0.8 as Harris says measures 'saved over 3,500 lives'

Apr 30th 2020, 5:39 PM 35,595 Views 54 Comments

Bringing the reproduction rate – or the R0 – below 1.0 has been the main goal for the public health emergency team.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Cabinet told there are no indications that virus levels are low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Cabinet told there are no indications that virus levels are low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May

Apr 28th 2020, 3:14 PM 48,229 Views 214 Comments

The plan to lift restrictions will be discussed by Cabinet on Friday.

# simon-harris - Monday 27 April, 2020

Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers

Apr 27th 2020, 12:59 PM 36,692 Views 85 Comments

Last month the government reached an agreement with private hospitals to use all of their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.

'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities
# Intellectual Disability
# Intellectual Disability

'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities

Updated Apr 27th 2020, 12:37 PM 46,285 Views 77 Comments

Inclusion Ireland will meet Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the situation.

The 2km rule is the first restriction people want lifted, according to new survey
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

The 2km rule is the first restriction people want lifted, according to new survey

Apr 27th 2020, 6:00 AM 43,273 Views 114 Comments

The government has said it is hoping to ease some of the restrictions on 5 May.

# simon-harris - Sunday 26 April, 2020

Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases

Apr 26th 2020, 2:27 PM 31,349 Views 23 Comments

An extra €1.1 million is being made available.

Harris to smaller parties: 'Come on over, give us a hand, work with us through this pandemic'
# Government Formation
# Government Formation

Harris to smaller parties: 'Come on over, give us a hand, work with us through this pandemic'

Apr 26th 2020, 6:00 AM 22,507 Views 108 Comments

Talks on government formation are expected to ratchet up from this week.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 April, 2020

Public health team's notes and letters on recommended restrictions will be published, says minister
# Transparency
# Transparency

Public health team's notes and letters on recommended restrictions will be published, says minister

Apr 25th 2020, 7:34 PM 63,735 Views 42 Comments

Questions have been raised this week about how decisions are being made as Ireland responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harris hopes for 'slight easing' of restrictions on 5 May
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

Harris hopes for 'slight easing' of restrictions on 5 May

Apr 25th 2020, 5:42 PM 126,481 Views 199 Comments

The plan will outline the phases of lifting restrictions.

21 confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded at one Dublin care home for older people
# Nursing Home
# Nursing Home

21 confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded at one Dublin care home for older people

Apr 25th 2020, 4:09 PM 53,570 Views 59 Comments

Home help workers might be redeployed to nursing homes, said Minister Simon Harris.

'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears
# Drugs
# Drugs

'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears

Apr 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 34,627 Views 36 Comments

Drug users are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 – many suffer from underlying health conditions and don’t have a safe place to self-isolate if needed.

# simon-harris - Friday 24 April, 2020

Wine, exercise and online quiz nights: Taoiseach and ministers say how they're minding their mental health
# WELL-BEING
# WELL-BEING

Wine, exercise and online quiz nights: Taoiseach and ministers say how they're minding their mental health

Apr 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 53,021 Views 68 Comments

Leo is missing the gym.

Practicing with pros to ukulele licences: Campaign launched to help public look after each other during Covid-19
# In This Together
# In This Together

Practicing with pros to ukulele licences: Campaign launched to help public look after each other during Covid-19

Apr 24th 2020, 4:18 PM 19,357 Views 15 Comments

The Taoiseach said the “emotional impact of distancing is hurting us all” during the launch of the health and wellbeing campaign.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 April, 2020

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

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

Apr 23rd 2020, 4:41 PM 42,403 Views 55 Comments

Every person who contracts Covid-19 is expected to spread it to no more than one other person, the figures reveal.

# simon-harris - Monday 20 April, 2020

Doctor resigns from Irish Medical Council after criticising 'mismanagement' of Covid-19 outbreak
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Doctor resigns from Irish Medical Council after criticising 'mismanagement' of Covid-19 outbreak

Apr 20th 2020, 4:50 PM 92,527 Views 90 Comments

Dr Marcus de Brun, a GP based in Rush, Co Dublin has said there was “poor consideration” of nursing home residents.