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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Simon Harris

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# Covid-19
'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.
# Swings and roundabouts
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.
# main points
'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.
# Lockdown
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.
# self-isolation
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.
# George Floyd
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.
# easing restrictions
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.
# black lives matter
'Large gatherings are dangerous': Harris says planned anti-racism march should be cancelled
A garda investigation into Monday’s protest is underway.
# health minister
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”.
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# Nursing Homes
Harris announces establishment of Covid-19 nursing home expert panel
The establishment of the panel follows a recent National Public Health Emergency Team recommendation.
# imported cases
Harris says mandatory passenger form for those arriving in Ireland from next week
The Minister for Health addressed reporters this evening.
# clusters
NPHET to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak in meat factories
Last night it emerged that 828 workers have been diagnosed across the country.
# reproductive rate
'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.
# Smoking
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.
# Influenza
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.
# roadmap
'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.
# Covid-19
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.
# hard to explain
'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.
# easing restrictions
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.
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.
# Covid-19
'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.
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.
# regulation
Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.
# Covid-19
HSE still plans to roll out contact tracing app by end of the month
The app will be opt-in and support, rather than replace, current contact tracing processes.
# Covid-19
Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again
Harris said the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care have halved in the last week.
# staycations
New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister
Health Minister Simon Harris told this website that he thinks another bank holiday is a good idea.
# Covid-19
Level of secondary deaths to be considered by Cabinet every three weeks
Harris said plans are afoot to ramp up use of Ireland’s private hospitals.
# big interview
Simon Harris: 'Ireland needs a day where people can grieve for those who have died during this pandemic'
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.
# Department of Health
Coronavirus: 16 deaths and 266 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures in a statement this evening.
# supply chains
Simon Harris defends Irish-based American pharmaceuticals following Trump criticism
US President Donald Trump made a pledge to bring Irish-based US pharmaceutical companies back to the US.
# government formation
Harris warns government 'not sustainable for much longer', Donohoe sets July deadline to pass new legislation
The Greens’ parliamentary party members are due to resume talks today on whether or not they will enter government formation talks.
# health minister
Simon Harris says he's aware of the impact cocooning is having on over 70s
The Health Minister called the over-70 group a “resilient generation”.
# Delays
Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis
GP referrals for suspected cancer cases have dropped by more than a half.
# Covid-19
Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen below 100
The number of people in ICU is a figure Harris said will watched very carefully over the coming weeks.
# Holidays
'It's not looking good': Foreign travel looking 'highly unlikely' this year, says Harris
Government is to consider making it mandatory to self-isolate if you arrive in Ireland from abroad.
# emergency powers
Simon Harris to extend emergency Garda powers until 18 May
The health minister said he would sign the updated regulations tonight.
# out of lockdown
Taoiseach to outline 'roadmap' to lifting restrictions today - here's what we know so far
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will outline the plan this evening.