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# Virus

Last month
January 2023
# Healthcare
HSE rolls out walk-in flu vaccines for children after 700 hospitalisations over winter
The walk-in clinics will be available at no charge for children from age two to 17 until 23 January.
# winter surge
Surge in viruses seen in the Mid-West as some people contract more than one virus
Public Health Mid-West said it has seen a “noticeable increase” in adults.
Last year
2022
# China
WHO holds 'high-level meeting' with Chinese officials to discuss Covid-19 surge
It comes after Britain joined France and Spain in requiring that travellers arriving from China show a negative Covid test.
# twindemic
CMO: 120 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in hospitals overnight amid 'concerning' viral surge
Prof Breda Smyth urged people with flu-like symptoms to stay at home in the run-up to Christmas.
# Virus
China official tells public to avoid contact with people from abroad after first monkeypox case
China recorded an infection on Friday in a person who had recently arrived from overseas and is in quarantine.
# Coronavirus
People with 'mild' Covid are likely to be infectious for five days, study suggests
The research is the first to reveal how long infectiousness lasts after coronavirus infection in the community.
# monkeypox
Number of Irish monkeypox cases rises to 101
This is an increase of four cases from Wednesday 3 August.
# Virus
Tour de France hit by Covid as French rider and teammate of defending champion test positive
Geofrrey Bouchard of the AG2R team Vegard Stake Laengen have withdrawn from the Tour.
# POLIO
Polio outbreak confirmed in UK
The UK Health Security Agency is working on the theory that a person vaccinated abroad with the polio vaccine entered the UK and was shedding the virus.
# monkeypox
EU buys 110,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox
The jabs are authorised for use against smallpox, but officials say they will also work against the monkeypox virus too.
# Outbreak
Nine cases of monkeypox have been detected in Ireland
None of those who contracted the virus have needed to be hospitalised.
# Virus
More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported globally, says WHO
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said it has been notified of seven confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
# Virus
More than 700 monkeypox cases detected globally - CDC
In Ireland, health authorities have confirmed six cases so far.
# Virus
NI Public Health Agency confirms first case of monkeypox in Northern Ireland
More than a dozen countries across Europe have reported cases.
# Disease
France, Germany report first monkeypox cases as UK figures more than double to reach 20
The rare disease — which is not usually fatal — often manifests itself through fever, muscle aches and other signs.
# Covid-19
HSE updates online advice for boosted close contacts, detailing additional restrictions
Although close contacts in this situation are no longer required to restrict their movements, they are advised to follow a number of other measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.
# latest covid numbers
Covid-19: 23,909 cases brings Ireland's total to one million since pandemic began, with 1,063 in hospital, 89 in ICU today
The latest figures were reported by the Department of Health today.
All time
# positives
Leinster report four positive Covid-19 cases ahead of Bath clash
Tomorrow’s game is still set to go ahead at the Aviva Stadium.
# Virus
Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is “deeply concerned”, about the new variant.
Ireland could be forced into changes after 'potential positive' Covid-19 test
It’s understood Iain Henderson and Rob Herring missed their team’s captain’s run today.
# Disease
Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus
Guinea has recorded its first known case of the disease.
# Outbreak
Captain Kolisi among latest Covid positives but Springboks resume training
The World Cup winners have “a large group” of players back on the pitch today.
# Virus
Lions' clash with Bulls postponed as Boks and Georgia confirm new Covid cases
Boks head coach Jacques Nienaber and four more players have tested positive.
# 2021 Games
Japan extends state of emergency until 20 June - just one month before Olympics start date
‘The situation continues to be uncertain,’ says Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
# SARS-CoV-2
Travel ban to apply to visitors from both UK and South Africa until 6 January
Both variants are feared to be more transmissible, and research is ongoing.
# Vaccine
'A watershed moment': Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is '90% effective' in preventing the illness, company says
The results are in from its phase three trial.
# Covid-19
Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign
The USI aims to make sure students stay up to date with public health guidelines.
# pigs and boars
Farmers warned over outbreak of deadly African Swine Fever in Germany
It’s the first time the disease, which affects pigs and wild boar, has broken out in Germany.
# Coronavirus
England to ban social gatherings of more than six people following spike in Covid-19 cases
Boris Johnson will announce the measures today following a sharp rise in cases.
# Off
Sturgeon ‘furious’ as players’ pub trip sees Aberdeen game postponed
The First Minister said Dons players ‘blatantly broke’ coronavirus protocols when they spent Saturday night in a bar.
# covid19
Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new surges prompt fresh restrictions
European countries are struggling to balance keeping tourism open while guarding against new flare-ups of infection.
# community transmission
TD asks who is getting infected: 'Is it young people drinking cans on the canal or young people in Direct Provision?'
Richard Boyd Barrett raised the issue of concern being expressed about the number of Covid-19 cases among younger people.
# Punishment
Footballers banned for six months after virus rules broken
The players were also forced to write self-criticism essays.
# Delays
Automated text message system for negative Covid-19 results should be in place by end of week
Dr Cillian de Gascun has said work on automation and computer systems should help reduce turnaround times.
# Wave Goodbye
Former England international 'no choice' but to retire due to virus season freeze
Nick Abendanon, who made his two Test appearances in 2007, has a contract that finishes this summer.
# Coronavirus
CMO says Dublin won't be singled out for stricter measures with growth rates similar nationwide
Dublin has the highest number of confirmed cases at 3,061.
# Coronavirus
Hundreds of home carers to be redeployed to nursing homes and residential care facilities
Carers will only be redeployed if they care for low dependency clients who can be cared for by a family member.
# Coronavirus
Coronavirus: 204 more cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with another death confirmed
As of midnight last night, 17,992 tests have been carried out in laboratories across the country.
Voices
Opinion: If you're in business, you need to get ahead of this Covid-19 crisis
Jason O’Sullivan says now is a time of major change, and businesses must try to adapt.
# Coronavirus
Taoiseach announces all non-essential shops to close, restrictions on gatherings of more than four people
The new measures were confirmed today.