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# covid-19 - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Families concerned over new visiting restrictions in Dublin nursing homes, charity says

Just one nominated visitor per resident is allowed from today in Dublin nursing homes.

Coronavirus: 255 new cases and one further death confirmed in Ireland

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

Gardaí increase patrols in Dublin as Covid-19 cases rise

Deputy Commissioner, policing and security, John Twomey said gardaí will have a “high visibility presence” in Dublin.

Half of Irish people think Covid-19 has increased the importance of discussing palliative care

The survey found that a third of people think palliative care is a last resort, when in fact it can be used for a number of years.

Government will 'prioritise' schools staying open in new roadmap, Taoiseach says

Micheál Martin also said he anticipates endorsing guidance from the CMO about Dublin-specific measures.

# covid-19 - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Health Minister says campaigns to erode trust in public health 'deeply concerning' after Dublin protest

Stephen Donnelly said that misinformation “has been a problem from the outset” of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: 159 new cases and two further deaths confirmed in Ireland

Health officials released the latest figures this evening.

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes after UK green light

AstraZeneca announced on Wednesday it had “voluntarily paused” its trial of the vaccine.

HSE distances itself from claims of senior doctor who said Ireland should try to achieve herd immunity

Dr Colm Henry said that attempting to achieve herd immunity overwhelms hospitals, and that the duration of post-infection immunity isn’t clear.

Micheál Martin: 'We won't be afraid to implement measures specifically in Dublin'

“The most important thing about Dublin is how to get to grips with the virus,” the Taoiseach said.

UK ‘on the edge of losing control’ of Covid-19, scientist warns

Police in Manchester said they broke up a house party of 30 people in the early hours of today.

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.

# covid-19 - 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.

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.

# covid-19 - Thursday 10 September, 2020

'Complacency is our enemy': New restrictions to limit social interaction between households in Belfast

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill announced the new measures this evening.

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.

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.

# covid-19 - 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.

From The42 'We went to the clubhouse to eat and the guy shook his head and said 'they can't come up here'' The Long Road

'We went to the clubhouse to eat and the guy shook his head and said 'they can't come up here''

Leona Maguire recalls the time when she started to discover problems with gender in golf.

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.

Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas

Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Ireland may lose travel connectivity “for up to 4 years” if “strict” travel rules are not relaxed.

Over half of people have been drinking more frequently during the pandemic, new survey finds

Published today, the latest edition of the Global Drugs Survey takes a look at how Covid-19 has changed our relationship with alcohol and drugs.

Thousands forced to flee after fire sweeps through Greece's largest refugee camp

A state of emergency is set to be declared on the island.