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Here’s what’s making headlines this morning.

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Updated Jan 22nd 2021, 8:45 AM

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1. #COVID-19: 211 people with Covid-19 are in Irish intensive care units, HSE chief Paul Reid has said, and a further 300 patients are also receiving respiratory support outside of ICU.

2. #DEATHS: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said there is “no reason” to change his view on possibility of up to 1,000 Covid-19 deaths this month.

3. #US: Travellers will be required to quarantine on arrival in the US while masks will be mandated on many domestic trains, planes and buses, President Joe Biden said as he signed a raft of new executive orders to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

4. #IMPEACHMENT: Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to give the former president time to prepare and review his case.

5. #COERCIVE CONTROL: A domestic violence charity said that a substantial sentence given to a man convicted of the coercive control of his former partner “sends a strong message to women who are experiencing abuse and control, to those around them, and to their communities, to speak openly”.

6. #STATS: Over 6,500 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – compared to more than 11,000 new cases reported over the same period last week and 19,000 cases in the preceding week.

7. #ECONOMY: The Covid-19 vaccine roll-out has lifted economic prospects but the recent virus surge has impeded progress, the Central Bank has reported.

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8. #OLYMPICS: Japanese officials have said there is “no truth” in a report that the Tokyo Olympics, due to take place this summer, will be cancelled.

9. #BANKING: Plans for an app that would be run by four Irish banks, and allow people to send and make immediate payments, have been rejected by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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