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# Covid-19

26th September 2023
Donnelly brings winter public health plans to Cabinet with Covid vaccine rollout details
A vaccination programme will commence next week with vaccines for Covid-19 and flu for those eligible.
Debunked: Australian footage from 2021 used to imply Covid lockdowns are being enforced again
A recent date superimposed over footage of the premier of Victoria has stirred up anger
Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
New round of Covid and flu vaccines to roll out at the start of October, minister says
The newest round of vaccines will come online on 2 October.
Micheál Martin hints he might write a book to put 'his perspective' of pandemic on the record
Former chief medical officer Tony Holohan’s memoir was published this week.
'I was very angry at the time': Leo Varadkar responds to claims in Tony Holohan's book
Dr Holohan references remarks made by the Taoiseach which he says upset his wife at the time.
Tony Holohan critical of Government's 'meaningful Christmas' Covid lockdown lift in new memoir
Holohan defends the general policy of imposing lockdowns during the pandemic, saying that ICU capacity was not a decisive factor.
This month
September 2023
Cabinet to approve plans for new emerging health threats agency to prepare for future pandemics
A special Cabinet meeting is being held in Wicklow today.
US first lady Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19
President Joe Biden was tested for the virus but his results were negative.
Last month
August 2023
'Huge increase' in antigen tests sold as Covid-19 cases rise again
There has been a steady increase in cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks.
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”.
Poll: When was the last time you took a Covid test?
A new variant, Eris, was detected in Ireland last week.
INMO head: Action needed now to prevent future Covid-19 surge
The comments come after the Taoiseach announced that Ireland was experiencing a new wave of the virus.
Debunked: Incompatible athlete death stats continue to be used to mislead about vaccines
Heart problems in athletes have been deceptively blamed on COVID-19 vaccines
Northern Ireland tops A-Level results table but questions raised over different UK standards
Many students in Northern Ireland and Wales were given advance information about topics to expect in exams this summer, but English pupils were not given the same support.
New Zealand removes the last of its remaining Covid-19 restrictions
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said at the height of the pandemic he had longed for the day he could end all restrictions but now it felt anticlimactic.
Debunked: No, there hasn't been a 21% rise in deaths due to the Covid-19 vaccine
A clip of the artist Kevin Sharkey has been shared widely on social media apps in recent weeks.
Taoiseach says Ireland is facing a 'new wave of Covid' but there is no need for restrictions
The HSE said that the variant is more transmissible than other strains, but there is no evidence suggesting that it causes more serious illness.
Public advised to stay home for 48 hrs after Covid symptoms end as cases are on the rise
One hospital in Kilkenny has had to suspend visiting due to the level of Covid-19 cases.
July 2023
Hiqa review says 'clear treatment pathway for Long Covid remains unknown'
No definitively effective treatments for the condition were identified in the review.
Hospital deaths from pneumonia and COPD fell after rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, audit finds
Figures emerged in the seventh report of the National Audit of Hospital Mortality.
Coroner says it is 'an outrage' that Pfizer executive could not attend inquest due to threats
Dr Ellsbury was called to attend the inquest investigating the death of Joseph McGinty (14) of The Valley, Achill Island, Co Mayo.
HSE physiotherapist who called face masks 'satanic symbols' accused of professional misconduct
Anna Marie Stack Rivas appeared before a fitness-to-practise inquiry of CORU.
People in disadvantaged areas experienced greater employment disruption during Covid pandemic
A report examining the economic impacts of the pandemic on those living in deprived areas was published by the ESRI today.
There were 725,000 people on pandemic supports when Tubridy was assured his pay would not drop
Union members told The Journal that there is ‘huge anger’ about Dee Forbes’ letter assuring Tubridy that his pay would not be reduced by RTÉ up to 2025.
June 2023
UK former health secretary Matt Hancock ‘profoundly sorry’ for deaths caused by Covid-19
Hancock was central to the UK’s government’s decision-making and messaging during the pandemic.
Frontline workers who still haven't received €1,000 pandemic bonus payment hold protests
Contract cleaners and security workers called on the Taoiseach to intervene in the matter.
UK's pandemic inquiry begins today and is set to run until 2026
The UK suffered one of the worst Covid-19 death tolls in Europe.
Inquiry into Ireland's Covid-19 response to be set up this year, Varadkar says
The Taoiseach said he wanted to see the right terms of reference so the Irish inquiry does not stray like the UK one is doing.
2021 was second year in a row with fewer cancer diagnoses due to Covid, report finds
1 in 12 expected cancers were not detected over the first 2 years of the pandemic, an estimated 4,320 cases.
May 2023
Two-thirds of all Covid deaths occurred in care homes, study finds
Ireland had the second highest proportion globally of Covid-19 deaths from Long Term Residential Care homes.
Latest claims of Covid breaches 'load of absolute nonsense', Boris Johnson says
It was alleged that the former British prime minister’s friends visited Chequers despite restrictions.
Mother of teenager who died by suicide sues Gemma O'Doherty for using son's image for article
The image of 18-year-old Diego Gilsenan appeared in an article trying to link sudden deaths to Covid-19 vaccines.
Births continue to fall while death rate rises, new CSO statistics show
The number of deaths registered per 1,000 people in 2022 is 19% higher than in 2012.
Over 100 faulty ventilators ordered by HSE in March 2020 still in storage amid legal dispute
The HSE is currently seeking to recoup €22.3 million for faulty and undelivered ventilators.
WHO declares an end to Covid-19 global health emergency
The coronavirus outbreak killed at least seven million people worldwide – and health chiefs stressed that the pandemic is not over.
The World Health Organisation has said Covid-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency.
The announcement marks a symbolic end to the devastating coronavirus pandemic that triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns.
The WHO said that even though the emergency phase is over, the pandemic has not come to an end.
Covid vaccine requirement for international travelers entering US to end 11 May
The decision comes as Covid-19 deaths in the US have declined by 95% since January 2021, the White House said.
April 2023
Tony Holohan says media and others tried to 'oversimplify' pandemic response
Holohan said there was no “silver bullet” that could have stopped the pandemic.
INMO call for Health and Safety Authority resources to protect healthcare staff from danger
INMO President Karen McGowan spoke on behalf of healthcare workers at a Workers’ Memorial Day event at the Garden of Rememberance.
HSE launch spring Covid-19 booster programme for older and immunocompromised people
The booster programme is aimed to be completed by the end of May.