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# coronavirus - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Taxi drivers 'leaving in droves' as industry hit hard by pandemic

Many drivers have been off the roads since March and there is still little work for them.

Dr Ronan Glynn appeals to Dubliners to limit contacts during Covid-19 'window of opportunity'

“Prioritise the people that you need to see, but keep groups small and see them regularly, rather than meeting lots of different people from lots of different households,” the CMO said.

HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff

Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.

'There's a lot riding on this. There was a pub here before me. I want there to be one here after me too'

Pubs have been closed for six months. They’re hoping the 21st September date isn’t another false dawn.

# coronavirus - Friday 11 September, 2020

Coronavirus cases rise across UK as R number creeps above 1

According to government advisers, the last time R was above 1 in the UK was in early March.

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

Coronavirus: 211 new cases and one new death confirmed in Ireland

Health officials released the latest Covid-19 figures this evening.

Dublin, Kildare and Limerick account for two-thirds of all new Covid-19 cases

A total of 497 cases were recorded in the week ending 4 September.

Pubs in parts of Dublin with coronavirus outbreaks should not reopen, says expert

A further 196 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland yesterday, with 107 of those in Dublin.

Tom Clonan: The messaging from this new government has been an omnishambles

Its communications strategy has been a mess at a crucial time for public health, Brexit and the economy, writes Clonan.

'A few hundred' supporters to be allowed at matches under new government plan

It is understood that the new plan will allow for a limited number of supporters to return under social distancing guidelines.

Debunked: No, countries were not exporting Covid-19 test kits in 2017

It’s been claimed that the World Bank was recording exports of Covid-19 tests up to three years ago.

# coronavirus - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Mater Private hospitals reach agreement with insurers to cover cost of Covid-19 tests

The hospital group had previously defended charging patients up to €275 for Covid-19 tests.

Coronavirus: 196 new cases and no further deaths confirmed in Ireland

Health officials released the latest Covid-19 figures this evening.

President Higgins says need for 'solidarity, compassion and kindness' in Ireland's response to Covid-19

The President has recorded a Covid-19 related message to the Irish at home and abroad.

Covid-19: Dublin faces visitor restrictions as NPHET makes recommendations to Government

Over half of Covid-19 cases reported in the past seven days have been in Dublin.

Nursing homes regulator says its powers are 'not adequate' to handle the pandemic

Hiqa was criticised for its “very late” issuance of guidance to nursing homes at the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid Response today.

None of the Covid-19 cases identified in 54 schools so far have led to outbreaks

There has only been one school in which a second case was identified after an original confirmed case.

'Right decision': HSE boss says suspension of meat plant testing was necessary to deal with surge in demand elsewhere

The serial testing has been suspended in order to meet the surge in demand for community testing.

# coronavirus - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Trump wanted to 'play down' Covid-19, new Bob Woodward book claims

Trump wanted to 'play down' Covid-19, new Bob Woodward book claims

The Washington Post, where Woodward serves as associate editor, reported excerpts of the book, Rage, today.

Operation Moonshot: Mass testing could create ‘freedom pass’ to go about life as normal, Johnson says

The current testing programme in the UK has faced considerable criticism for struggling to meet demand.

HSE says testing at meat plants suspended until next week to help meet 'significant rise in demand' for community tests

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy described the decision as “reckless” and “inexplicable”.

€6 million worth of support packages for live performance and music industry announced

Minister Catherine Martin announced the measures this evening.

'If we don't act now to reduce our contacts... the number of cases in Dublin would double every 14 days'

With NPHET due to meet tomorrow to discuss the situation in Dublin, people have been urged to reduce their contacts.

Opinion: As Moria camp burns, we cannot stand over the EU's neglect of refugees any longer

Jack Sheehan says the EU’s policy on refugees is inhumane and that Irish citizens must hold MEPs to account.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 84 new cases in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by health officials this evening.

Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds

That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.

Millenials more 'burnt out' than other generations during pandemic, says new study

The research, carried out by Irish academics, suggests millennials are struggling more with the pandemic.

New data shows 2,018 Covid-19 outbreaks in private homes

The total number of workplace outbreaks is 85, including 31 in meat processing plants.

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.

Union says 20 Direct Provision residents working at meat plant told contracts won't be renewed due to high risk

Mass testing at meat plants has indicated levels of infection among workers is now very low.

# coronavirus - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

White House chief of staff 'optimistic' pandemic aid bill deal will be reached before election

“I’m more optimistic perhaps today than I’ve been in a long time,” Mark Meadows said.

Second Fáilte Ireland board member resigns following trip to Spain

Spain is not currently on Ireland’s Green List.

Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate

In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.

Coronavirus: 307 new cases and one further death confirmed in Ireland

Health officials released the latest Covid-19 figures this evening.

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died from the virus in Ireland.

Ministers concerned Dublin and Limerick on 'knife-edge' - but it will be next week before any further measures are discussed

NPHET is due to discuss the situation in the two counties at its next meeting before making any recommendations.

Pubs given green light to reopen from 21 September

Cabinet agreed that pubs which do not serve food can reopen from 21 September, subject to local restrictions.

Cabinet expected to permit reopening of pubs from 21 September

Local restrictions may be implemented in some areas with high incidence of Covid-19, however.

Suspected Covid-19 cases three times higher than official statistics, says new UK study

Unlike other studies, this research found women were most at risk than men from developing the disease.