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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

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# Coronavirus
Reproduction rate currently between 0.5 and 0.8 as Harris says measures 'saved over 3,500 lives'
Bringing the reproduction rate – or the R0 – below 1.0 has been the main goal for the public health emergency team.
# Covid-19
Cabinet told there are no indications that virus levels are low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May
The plan to lift restrictions will be discussed by Cabinet on Friday.
# Covid-19
Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers
Last month the government reached an agreement with private hospitals to use all of their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.
# Intellectual Disability
'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities
Inclusion Ireland will meet Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the situation.
# Covid-19
The 2km rule is the first restriction people want lifted, according to new survey
The government has said it is hoping to ease some of the restrictions on 5 May.
# Mental Health
Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases
An extra €1.1 million is being made available.
# government formation
Harris to smaller parties: 'Come on over, give us a hand, work with us through this pandemic'
Talks on government formation are expected to ratchet up from this week.
# Transparency
Public health team's notes and letters on recommended restrictions will be published, says minister
Questions have been raised this week about how decisions are being made as Ireland responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.
# restrictions
Harris hopes for 'slight easing' of restrictions on 5 May
The plan will outline the phases of lifting restrictions.
# Nursing Home
21 confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded at one Dublin care home for older people
Home help workers might be redeployed to nursing homes, said Minister Simon Harris.
# Drugs
'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears
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.
Wine, exercise and online quiz nights: Taoiseach and ministers say how they're minding their mental health
Leo is missing the gym.
# in this together
Practicing with pros to ukulele licences: Campaign launched to help public look after each other during Covid-19
The Taoiseach said the “emotional impact of distancing is hurting us all” during the launch of the health and wellbeing campaign.
# Covid-19
Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again
Every person who contracts Covid-19 is expected to spread it to no more than one other person, the figures reveal.
# Coronavirus
Doctor resigns from Irish Medical Council after criticising 'mismanagement' of Covid-19 outbreak
Dr Marcus de Brun, a GP based in Rush, Co Dublin has said there was “poor consideration” of nursing home residents.
# social distancing
'It would be disastrous': Harris warns of dangers of becoming complacent with Covid-19 restrictions
In a video message this evening, Health Minister Simon Harris thanked the public for ‘flattening the curve’.
# Pubs
Pubs not opening until Covid-19 vaccine is found would be 'nightmare scenario', publican reps say
All pubs were ordered to shut last month as restrictions were implemented by the government.
# mass gatherings
Harris warns that major sporting events are unlikely for the rest of 2020
This year’s GAA championships and rugby fixtures are now in severe doubt.
# complex process
Harris hopes to ease measures in May but warns not to expect 'significant lifting of restrictions'
Lifting the restrictions will be “complex” and “delicate” according to the Minister for Health.
# Covid-19
Varadkar says €115m per month is an 'accurate estimate' for cost of renting private hospitals
Minister Simon Harris plans to publish the deal the government struck with the private hospitals.
# covid19
Harris: 'There's no magic point at the start of May where life as we know it before coronavirus can resume'
Factors such as ICU capacity and the reproduction rate of the virus will determine how and when restrictions can be eased back.
# Coronavirus
Government expects Covid-19 test backlog to be cleared by the end of next week
Minister for Health Simon Harris said around 16,000 outsourced tests have already been returned from Germany.
# health minister
Around 50 student radiographers who are helping battle Covid-19 ask Simon Harris to pay them
Siptu’s Kevin Figgis says that “many” of these student radiographers are replacing existing staff who have to self-isolate.
# Coronavirus
'We're talking about a few more weeks': Harris says Covid-19 restrictions 'won't be lifted tomorrow'
Current restrictions on public movement are in place until this Sunday, 12 April.
# covid19
Coronavirus: 25 more deaths and 365 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials continue to urge people to stick with their advice.
# Stay home stay safe
'It's now your place of residence': Garda commissioner says those in holiday homes must stay there
The powers afforded to gardaí will be in place for four days and may be extended.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What powers do these 'last resort' measures give to gardaí? And will these powers be extended?
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has argued that these laws aren’t needed given the public’s compliance with the Covid-19 restriction measures.
# Covid-19
Simon Harris to sign new regulations giving gardaí powers to enforce social distancing measures
Until now, gardaí have effectively been powerless to deal with people who do not comply with regulations.
# Easter eggs
Good news! The Easter Bunny is officially named an essential worker ahead of this weekend
An important announcement from the health minister this morning.
# Covid-19
First patients arrive at Citywest self-isolation centre as Harris warns of 'very significant pressure' on hospitals
Similar centres will be set up around the country.
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# nursing homes ireland
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# On the beat
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# Delivery
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# corona challenge
'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.