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Chief Medical Officer warns of 'multi-pathogenic winter' as new Covid variant discovered
The BA.2.86 variant has been detected in several countries including the UK, but is not believed to be in Ireland yet.
Covid-19: Symptoms and guidelines for the new Eris variant
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth said that new sub-variants are “not unexpected”.
'Go back to doing the things you love': CMO writes post-pandemic open letter to older people
Prof Breda Smyth said she wanted to reassure people who were concerned about the spread of Covid that it is safe to go out and about.
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth has urged the public to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places.
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Plans on how to respond to possible future pandemic are being worked on, CMO says
Professor Breda Smyth became CMO in October after Dr Tony Holohan stepped aside.
Public urged by CMO to wear masks on transport and in crowds to reduce spread of viruses
Prof Breda Smyth said that wearing a mask is not just about protecting ourselves individually, ‘It’s for everyone.’
CMO urges people with new Covid-like symptoms to stay at home over Christmas
Prof Breda Smyth is advising people with flu-like symptoms to avoid Christmas parties and meeting family
HSE contacts schools with advice for parents as child dies from invasive Strep A
A total of 55 cases of invasive Strep A have been confirmed in Ireland so far this year.
'Leadership and courage': Dr Tony Holohan steps down as CMO today after 14 years
Professor Breda Smyth has been appointed to serve as Ireland’s interim chief medical officer.
Professor Breda Smyth appointed as interim chief medical officer
Dr Tony Holohan will resign as Chief Medical Officer on 1 July after 14 years in the role.
Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week
Secretary General Martin Fraser was quizzed by politicians at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.
Top civil servant says he had 'no involvement' in detailed arrangements of Dr Holohan's move
Holohan announced earlier this month that he would not be taking up a Trinity College role due to the controversy over his secondment.
Denis Naughten: The only winners in the Holohan job debacle will be large consultancy firms
The independent TD says the mishandling of a potential move by the CMO to Trinity College is a wasted opportunity.
Donnelly receives report on Dr Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity
The report was compiled by the Secretary General of the Department of Health, Robert Watt.
Dr Tony Holohan rules out return as Chief Medical Officer after his new role in Trinity College
Controversy has surrounded the salary payment of for his new professorship in Trinity College.
NPHET advice paves way for early scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions
NPHET met today to discuss Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.
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'Cut social contacts in half' and antigen testing in schools: Key points from NPHET's briefing
There is “very good data” that the booster shots are working well and quickly, Holohan said
CMO: Sending symptomatic children to school based on antigen test results 'very concerning'
The CMO said it is “a really concerning practice”.
Coronavirus: Six deaths and 6,110 new cases confirmed in Ireland
New figures were revealed by health officials this evening.
CMO says Ireland is on 'right track' to suppress Covid-19 but 'it's too early to ease our efforts'
A further 416 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland yesterday.
Dr Tony Holohan to return to his role as chief medical officer next week
Dr Holohan had stepped away from the role in July to spend time with his family and help care for his wife.
Contact tracers to begin asking community transmission cases about visits to pubs and restaurants
Currently around one in four cases are identified as community transmission.
'Not the optimal approach': Taoiseach spoke to CMO about attendee number restrictions at sporting events
A maximum gathering of 200 persons is permitted in the 26 counties.
'Avoid the places serving 30 pints with a basket of wings': Health experts' advice for Phase 3 socialising
Pubs were this week warned of the consequences of failing to follow the current guidance.
Coronavirus: Five deaths and 15 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials have provided an update on the pandemic in Ireland.
Coronavirus: Two deaths and four new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials have provided an update on the situation in Ireland.
Coronavirus: 4 deaths and 88 new cases confirmed in Ireland
Health officials have provided an update on Ireland’s first day in Phase One.
Taoiseach advises public to wear face coverings on public transport and in retail stores
The use of face coverings will not be made a legal requirement.
NPHET to provide advice tomorrow to give government 'time to consider' easing restrictions
The team usually meets on a Friday but the CMO said the government will have a number of considerations to discuss.
'That's not the meeting I was at': Holohan denies tension with ministers over restrictions
Holohan said the questions he was asked by ministers last week were ‘reasonable and sensible’.
Coronavirus: 34 deaths and 221 new cases in Ireland confirmed
The Department of Health has provided an update on the outbreak in Ireland.
Increase expected in numbers being tested for coronavirus after slight change in criteria
Officials said they hope to broaden the criteria further after next weekend.
Coronavirus: 52 deaths and 377 new cases confirmed in Ireland
The figures were released from the Department of Health this evening.
Health officials to consider expanding testing criteria for Covid-19 again
The focus now is on residential facilities such as nursing homes.
CMO says it's 'perfectly appropriate' for GPs to conduct nursing home consultations over phone
Private nursing homes have reported they are struggling to get on-site visits from GPs.
Nursing home owner describes 'heartbreak' of telling families they cannot visit residents who are dying
She said there have been a total of 13 confirmed positive cases in her facility and seven residents with Covid-19 have died.