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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here is what’s making the news headlines this morning.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #QUARANTINE: The government is considering introducing the mandatory quarantine of passengers who arrive in Ireland from abroad without a negative PCR test.

2. #COVID-19: 52 more deaths and 2,371 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland. In total, 184,279 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed here, along with 2,870 deaths.

3. #ASSAULT: A teenage boy has been charged in relation to a serious assault on a woman in Dublin city on Wednesday night.

4. #IMPEACHMEANT: Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump over the Capitol riot will begin on the week of 8 February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced.

5. #DRUGS: Mandatory drug testing for all members and staff of An Garda Síochána will be introduced this year, TheJournal.ie has learned.

6. #VACCINE: AstraZeneca has warned that supplies of its coronavirus vaccine to Europe will be “lower than originally anticipated” due to reduced production at a manufacturing site. The Department of Health said it is “monitoring” the situation.

7. #CARERS: There have been calls for family carers to be designated as key workers so they can receive their Covid-19 vaccination earlier on in the rollout.

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8. #FLU: In our latest FactCheck we confirm that the lack of hospitalisations from flu is not because cases are mistakenly being diagnosed as Covid-19.

9. #US: When calling on Congress to pass $1.9 trillion (€1.56 trillion) relief plan, US President Joe Biden said “well over 600,000” Americans could die of the virus.

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