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# covid19 - Yesterday’s News

Trump's controversial coronavirus adviser to leave the White House

Dr Scott Atlas clashed with top government scientists as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic

'Stay away from crowded shops, streets and buses': Caution urged as retailers open back up for Christmas shopping

The government has asked customers to “play their part” as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year.

# covid19 - Monday 30 November, 2020

Dr Ronan Glynn: 'Just because you can do things from tomorrow doesn't mean that you should'

Dr Glynn warned that family gatherings at Christmas on top of socialising in the lead-up will pose “significant” challenges in terms of Covid-19 case numbers.

US braces for ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the United States topped 200,000 for the first time on Friday.

# covid19 - Saturday 28 November, 2020

Covid-19: Here's what changes kick in next Tuesday and throughout December

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that shops, restaurants, gyms and some pubs will reopen next week, and that its advice is that household visits will be allowed at Christmas.

# covid19 - Friday 27 November, 2020

What is the new advice around household visits and travel?

The Government has announced its advice for December and the Christmas period.

As it happened: Taoiseach announces re-opening of restaurants from next Friday and household visits from 18 December

  • Retailers, gyms and non-essential services like hairdressers to open from next Tuesday.
  • Restaurants and gastropubs to open from next Friday.
  • Restrictions on inter-county travel and ban on household visits to remain in place until 18 December.

What does this week's Covid-19 data tell us as we prepare to leave Level 5?

Ireland’s national incidence rate has dropped by 22% in the past 14 days.

US Supreme Court blocks New York's coronavirus limits on religious gatherings

It’s being viewed as an indication of the court’s new conservative weighting.

UK government asks regulator to assess AstraZeneca vaccine in 'first step' towards roll-out

The UK government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine.

# covid19 - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Cabinet set to green light restaurants reopening after NPHET recommends takeaway only in December

  • A full Cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow to consider recommendations.
  • If approved by Cabinet tomorrow, all dining is expected to take place in controlled indoor settings.
  • NPHET recommended that pubs and restaurants serve takeaway only in December.

Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December

The bonus will be paid in the week beginning 7 December.

'I was astounded': Foster says Varadkar comments on cross-border travel 'regrettable'

Northern Ireland enters a two-week circuit-breaker tomorrow.

2,000 cancer diagnoses may not have been made due to impact of Covid-19 on services

Referrals and attendances at clinics dipped significantly at the start of the pandemic.

Derry bus company apologises after advertising shopping trips to Dublin during NI lockdown

A TD branded the mooted trip a “disgrace”.

Germany wants all EU ski resorts closed to stop spread of Covid-19

Ski slopes could be shut until 10 January.

# covid19 - Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Government considering advising people against travel to Northern Ireland, says Tánaiste

  • NPHET is expected to make recommendations to government after its meeting today.
  • The Taoiseach is set to make an address to the nation on Friday.

Publicans say government and NPHET 'determined to close down sector'

It is reported the government is looking at plans that would only allow pubs with a kitchen and a chef onsite to open.

# covid19 - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Managing director of RTÉ News apologises for social distancing breaches

RTÉ officials met with gardaí yesterday in relation to the retirement gathering.

# covid19 - Saturday 21 November, 2020

Coronavirus: Four deaths and 344 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Health officials confirmed the latest figures this evening.

Restaurant sector faces 'total collapse' in January if not allowed to open in December

The sector has warned it will lose out on 30% of its annual income.

Employees 'too fearful' to tell bosses they should be adhering to working from home advice

This week the Tánaiste said the main reason more people are attending work now is the wider definition of essential work.

# covid19 - Friday 20 November, 2020

'Social disapproval can be a good deterrent': The battle to ensure compliance with guidelines over Christmas

Research shows people’s main concern is about the health of their families and friends making it unlikely they will choose to put them at risk.

Four weeks into Level 5, what does this week's Covid-19 data tell us?

HPSC data shows that the 14-day incidence rate in a number of counties is rising.

# covid19 - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Coronavirus: Four deaths and 429 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening.

# covid19 - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

Coronavirus: 12 more deaths announced as Ireland's Covid-19 death toll passes 2,000

The sobering milestone has been reached following the release of the latest figures from NPHET this evening.

11 deaths and 518 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The figures were confirmed by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health this afternoon.

# covid19 - Monday 16 November, 2020

Return of thousands of Irish people for Christmas could result in 'hundreds or thousands of cases' in January

Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said he thinks the majority of people will decide “it’s simply not worth it”.

'We have a short period of time to turn this around': Officials warn Covid-19 situation deteriorating across country

The average daily 5-day case count is rising, now at over 400 per day.

Coronavirus: Vaccine from US company Moderna 94.5% effective, according to early data

Its clinical trial involves 30,000 participants.

# covid19 - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless

The PCR test is globally recognised as the gold standard method for detecting the coronavirus.

# covid19 - Saturday 14 November, 2020

Explainer: Which Covid-19 vaccines could Ireland get and how prepared are we for the roll-out?

The European Commission has signed agreements with four companies so far.

# covid19 - Friday 13 November, 2020

Dr Holohan says we must not 'drop our guard' as 7 deaths and 482 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

The latest figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening.

Halfway through Level 5, what does this week's Covid-19 data tell us?

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate has dropped by over 50% in the past two weeks.

# covid19 - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Coronavirus: One death and 395 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening.

Hospital outbreaks: 161 staff in Limerick out of work due to Covid-19

The HSE also confirmed there are 77 staff unavailable for work in Naas, either due to a positive result or because they are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Fifteen deaths and 548 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

The Department of Health has provided an update on case numbers.

HSE to begin 'enhanced contact tracing' to pinpoint infection hotspots after delay caused by surge in cases

Confirmed cases will now be asked to describe their activities and contacts for up to 14 days prior to symptom onset.

# covid19 - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Coronavirus: Two deaths and 362 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening.

# covid19 - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Explainer: The logistical challenges for the roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine

The news yesterday was really positive, but there are practical considerations to bear in mind.

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