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# covid19 - Yesterday’s News

'Wheels up' for rescue flight carrying Irish citizens who were stranded in Peru

More than 100 Irish citizens are on the flight from Lima.

Health Minister expects measures this week to address coronavirus infection in nursing homes

On Friday the Chief Medical Officer said there have been nine clusters of infection at nursing homes.

Coronavirus: Ten more deaths and 200 new cases in Ireland confirmed

Earlier today HSE officials said they are expecting the peak of the outbreak will occur in two weeks time.

Doctors concerned patients with chronic illnesses are delaying seeking medical care because of virus outbreak

The IMO said it is important to remember the pandemic does not prevent other diseases from occurring or patients becoming unwell from other infections.

Man (19) charged after allegedly spitting in garda's face and claiming he has coronavirus

Two members of An Garda Siochana have to go off duty for two weeks arising out of the incident.

Officials confirm another six coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland

The death toll in Northern Ireland from the virus now stands at 21.

HSE planning for peak Covid-19 outbreak to happen in two weeks time based on current modelling

The chief operations officer said they are making preparations for the peak to arrive between the 10 and 14 April.

Trump rolls back on proposal to quarantine New York and other states with coronavirus 'hotspots'

It was unclear if Trump had the power to issue the quarantine order.

'Worse before they get better': Boris Johnson issues letter to every UK household over Covid-19

The Northern Ireland Executive also announced a raft of new measures last night.

# covid19 - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Coronavirus: 49 new cases and two new deaths in Northern Ireland

It brings the total on the island of Ireland to 2,445 with 37 deaths.

Irish citizens confirmed on board cruise ship where four people have died from flu-like symptoms

Two people on board have reportedly been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Spain witnesses 832 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, over 72,000 confirmed cases

More than 5,600 people have died in Spain from the virus.

'We want to be clear with people what is expected': Garda commissioner describes Covid-19 policing operation

Thousands of gardaí are out on foot, bike and in patrol cars this weekend.

Trump signs off on $2.2 trillion rescue package as Covid-19 cases reach over 100,000 in the US

Trump’s signature brings an end to a dramatic, weeklong legislative saga on Capitol Hill.

# covid19 - Thursday 26 March, 2020

The Explainer: What are the British doing to battle Covid-19?

Why did the UK take the approach it did, and what does it mean? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s episode.

# covid19 - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

'We risk spreading the virus': Dentists call for cancellation of routine procedures and establishment of emergency dental hubs

Dentists are concerned that procedures which generate aerosol spray could be a risk.

Debunked: No, Ireland is not in a 'lockdown sequence' despite what this Facebook post says

The post claims the Irish government has been slowly implementing a country-wide lockdown since last Sunday.

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers

A message that is being shared in WhatsApp groups and on social media contains medical advice that is “not safe” according to one GP.

'It's disgusting': Simon Harris says people have purposefully coughed in his face

The Health Minister said a man and woman came up to him and tried to cough on him as a joke yesterday.

'It's like the stock exchange closing': Farmers at a loss to sell their cattle as marts close for several weeks

The Department of Agriculture is currently in discussions with farmers around potential measures to support them.

US Senate and White House reach agreement on $2 trillion Covid-19 rescue package

The deal will see a sweep of new measures to provide Americans with healthcare and business supports.

# covid19 - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Public warned not to buy fake medicines that claim to treat or prevent coronavirus

The European Medicines Agency said these falsified medicines can cause serious harm.

# covid19 - Monday 23 March, 2020

British Health Secretary says people ignoring social-distancing advice are ‘selfish’

Over the weekend, photos emerged showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK and Ireland.

# covid19 - Sunday 22 March, 2020

Cost of a litre of petrol at lowest level recorded since April 2016

The coronavirus pandemic and a significant drop in crude oil costs are among the factors behind the drop in price.

Emirates to cancel most passenger flights from Wednesday amid coronavirus pandemic

The company will also reduce salaries for the majority of its employees for three months but said it will not cut jobs.

Irish Cancer Society to fund remote counselling for people who can't have face-to-face sessions due to Covid-19

The service is available to both adults and children who are affected by cancer.

Supermarkets hiring hundreds of employees to meet Covid-19 demand

Tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis.

About 40,000 people in Ireland waiting for Covid-19 test, all told to self-isolate while they wait

HSE officials said the wait time is typically four to five days.

# covid19 - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Twenty-two new cases in the North as total number there climbs to 108

The total number of tests completed in the North now stands at 2,186.

Irish Covid-19 patient: 'It was an eye-opener to how many people we come in contact with'

The man and his partner have both tested positive for the virus, but neither have severe symptoms.

# covid19 - Friday 20 March, 2020

Top up scheme for employers to pay €203 to laid-off workers and receive State refund approved by government

This scheme allows employers to pay workers €203 a week and receive a refund from the State.

'Isolated at home with their tormentor': Childline experiences increase in calls since closure of schools

The ISPCC said home is not a happy place for all children and they do not have their regular support network in schools anymore.

Boris Johnson orders pubs, restaurants and cafes to close across the UK from midnight tonight

There are more than 3,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.

Local authorities agree deferral of rates payments for businesses impacted by coronavirus outbreak

Each authority will manage repayment schedules with businesses into the future.

Fundraiser set up by Irish researchers developing emergency ventilators for Covid-19 patients

The group is hoping to have a fully functional prototype by next Friday.

# covid19 - Thursday 19 March, 2020

Third death in Ireland, Dáil sitting for emergency legislation, Italy fatalities overtake China: Today's Covid-19 main points

There are now 428 cases of the coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment

Minister Regina Doherty said 43,000 of those applications have been processed so far.

Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil

The government included a sunset clause for the legislation to be review in November after concerns were raised by TDs.

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