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# covid-19 - Saturday 24 October, 2020

Six deaths and 923 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has urged people to take “all the necessary precautions”.

Two thirds of people would prefer if the clocks didn't go back this weekend

The findings come from a new poll carried out this month.

Time for baking bread: Try seeded loaf and Guinness and treacle bread from The Cake Cafe

Baker Ray O’Neill shares his views on Level 5 restrictions where he says supporting local is vital. He has two delicious bread recipes for you.

# covid-19 - Friday 23 October, 2020

Report finds staffing and Covid training issues at Louth nursing home where over 20 patients died in April

A report from May – just a week after an outbreak at the nursing home – highlighted some areas of non-compliance at the centre.

Coronavirus: Seven deaths and 777 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

Covid-19 testing lab to close this weekend over 'unavoidable staff shortages'

The HSE said that the closure would have no impact on testing responses.

Bill preventing evictions from taking place during Level 5 passes all Oireachtas stages

The Bill will now be sent to the President for early signature.

The Square Tallaght postpones €100 million expansion due to Covid-19

Owners said that plans had only been temporarily halted.

IRFU suffers €35.7 million deficit as Irish rugby tries to 'buy time' financially

CEO Philip Browne says the union must make drastic budget cuts if crowds cannot return to games next year.

Five deaths and 1,252 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The Stormont executive said last night it is hoping measures it introduces will avoid the need for another lockdown.

From The42 Leitrim to fulfil Sunday's clash with Tipp despite further Covid-19 cases Game On

Leitrim to fulfil Sunday's clash with Tipp despite further Covid-19 cases

The Connacht side will have four players unavailable for their Division 3 relegation battle.

The risk of being exposed to Covid-19 is '100 times greater than four months ago'

The national incidence rate of Covid-19 is now over 300 per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

Antiviral drug remdesivir granted full approval in US as a treatment for people hospitalised with Covid-19

Remdesivir was one of the first drugs to show relative promise in shortening the time to recovery in some coronavirus patients

Tougher Covid-19 restrictions come into force in UK

Greater Manchester moved into the highest alert level, Tier 3, this morning, and Wales will introduce its two-week “firebreak” lockdown at 6pm.

Cavan GP says Covid-19 situation has been 'horrendous' over the past few weeks

Cavan has the highest incidence rate in Ireland, with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?

A TD said on RTÉ Radio One at the weekend: “We have stopped measuring suicide and self-harm in this country.”

# covid-19 - Thursday 22 October, 2020

Nine people charged following anti-lockdown protests in Dublin city centre

An investigation focused on the organisers of the protest is now underway.

NI ministers promise new Covid-19 strategy that will avoid need for another lockdown

First Minister Arlene Foster said the region’s economy could not be turned on and off like a tap.

From The42 Antrim hit with five more positive Covid-19 cases ahead of Joe McDonagh Cup Covid-19

Antrim hit with five more positive Covid-19 cases ahead of Joe McDonagh Cup

Five players and a member of the Saffrons’ backroom staff have now tested positive, while another player is currently self-isolating.

CMO says herd immunity concept is 'something that's reserved for policy thinking around vaccination'

The concept has been frequently referenced since the beginning of the pandemic.

From The42 Barbarians coronavirus protocol breaches leaves England game in doubt Breach

Barbarians coronavirus protocol breaches leaves England game in doubt

A decision on whether Sunday’s match at Twickenham can go ahead is set to be made by 3pm on Friday.

Taoiseach says people traveling beyond 5km limit with a reasonable excuse should have no fear about facing fines

There are about 25 reasons listed that allow people to travel beyond their 5km limit.

90% of residents and all but one nursing staff in nursing home test positive for Covid-19, Dáil told

Two TDs from the Roscommon–Galway constituency say the nursing home is located in their area.

Five deaths and 1,042 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the Northern of Ireland Department of Health this afternoon.

Tennis Ireland forced into U-turn after announcing courts would remain open under Level 5 restrictions

All activities must now be suspended after a new statement from the governing body.

Donnelly says HSE contact tracing backlog issue 'won't happen again' as Reid says 'I regret that it happened'

HSE CEO Paul Reid said it was a “risk-based decision we had to make”.

Opinion: The gym is great, but please don't insult us by suggesting it's the answer to mental illness

Rachel O’Neill lives with anxiety and depression and says ‘bad actors’ using mental health as an excuse to keep gyms open in Level 5 is unforgivable.

Spain becomes first EU country to record over 1 million Covid-19 cases

Spain is only the sixth country to pass this grim milestone.

Roisin Shortall: Human behaviour, not just data, must be factored into the Government Covid strategy

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall says NPHET and the Government are not factoring in human behaviour and our social structures in their attempts to stop Covid-19.

92% of post-primary teachers say wearing masks makes work more difficult - TUI survey

The survey, carried out amid a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, highlights concern among the profession.

# covid-19 - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

NI Health Minister self-isolating after receiving close proximity notification from Covid app

Robin Swann received an exposure notification this evening from the StopCovid NI proximity app.

Health Minister tells FF TDs that contact tracing 'didn't collapse', and asking patients to contact trace is 'one-off'

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that the HSE has been repeatedly asked whether it has enough contact-tracing capacity.

From The42 Underage training to continue as FAI confirms its guidelines for Level 5 Restrictions

Underage training to continue as FAI confirms its guidelines for Level 5

Games in the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League can also go ahead.

From The42 Golf clubs to close under Level 5 restrictions Covid-19

Golf clubs to close under Level 5 restrictions

The GUI and ILGU say they have sought clarity over whether driving ranges and practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1,167 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures come in ahead of the introduction of Level 5, which is due to take effect tonight.

DUP minister says he never tried to attribute Covid-19 spread to religion after nationalist/unionist comments

Edwin Poots has accused Sinn Féin of trying to “distort and twist” his comments.

50 nurses in each of the last two weeks have contracted Covid-19 - INMO

Phil Ni Sheaghdha says PPE has improved but greater supports are needed.

Anger mounts as government learns of contact tracing collapse impacting thousands through the media

The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts.

From The42 GAA confirm minor and U20 championships will be halted from midnight Level 5

GAA confirm minor and U20 championships will be halted from midnight

Dublin and Galway were set to meet in the final of the U20 Football Championship on Saturday, but that will not go ahead.

Rapid testing should be considered but it's not as accurate as the test we currently use, Hiqa says

The introduction of rapid testing could be effective in Ireland in future, but we need to see its “real-world performance” here first, Hiqa said.