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# covid19 - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Commission president says contract for up to 300 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be authorised

Von der Leyen today described the vaccine as “the most promising so far”.

# covid19 - Monday 9 November, 2020

Concern about Denmark's mutated coronavirus strain as testing begins at Irish mink farms

As the worlds largest producer of mink fur, Denmark has 1,080 mink farms, with Covid-19 being detected on 207 of them.

Health officials say vaccine news is positive but it's still 'too early to celebrate'

Today Pfizer and BioNTech said their vaccine was 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections in ongoing Phase 3 trials.

'Wearing a mask is not a political statement': Joe Biden's new Covid-19 task force meets

The US still has the highest coronavirus cases numbers in the world.

Coronavirus: One death and 270 new cases confirmed in Ireland

Health officials have provided an update on the spread of the coronavirus across the country.

Ten deaths and 471 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

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

# covid19 - Friday 6 November, 2020

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

Ireland’s all-important R-number has fallen again to below 1.

US daily Covid-19 cases hit new record, topping 120,000

The country reported 123,085 new infections between 8.30pm Wednesday and 8.30 pm yesterday.

# covid19 - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Tony Holohan says he doesn't anticipate recommending retailers to reopen early despite their pleas

Retail Excellence argued that the lockdown had been catastrophic for the sector.

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 591 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by health officials this evening.

# covid19 - Tuesday 3 November, 2020

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 322 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were confirmed by health officials this evening.

Six deaths and 570 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

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

# covid19 - Monday 2 November, 2020

Concern about Covid-19 rate in Dublin with 321 cases in the capital confirmed today

Across the rest of the country there has been an encouraging drop in cases, the CMO said this evening.

Germany starts ‘wave-breaker’ shutdown as Europe locks down

New partial lockdowns will come into force across Europe this week.

Eight deaths and 493 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

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

Public urged to keep guard up as Covid-19 cases fall

Health officials last night confirmed 552 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and two more deaths.

More than 260 dentists no longer providing services to medical card holders after leaving scheme

The Irish Dental Association has warned of a treatment crisis as dentists quit care scheme “in their droves”.

# covid19 - Thursday 29 October, 2020

Around 70 schools have had in-school Covid-19 transmission

The HSE has said 599 schools have required a public health assessment and testing.

Taiwan marks 200 days without domestically transmitted coronavirus case

A domestic case was last reported on April 12.

# covid19 - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

UK police could break up Covid rule-breakers’ Christmas dinners, warns commissioner

David Jamieson also spoke of his fears of a ‘time bomb’ of civil unrest.

# covid19 - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

13 deaths and 722 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Northern Ireland

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

Covid-19: Hospitalisations continue to rise as CMO urges people to self-isolate

Ten more people have been hospitalised with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

Support package for 14,000 higher education places with reduced fees

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has announced funding of €30 million to support part-time or post-graduate places.

Thousands of Covid-19 deaths could be linked to air pollution – study

Researchers estimate that around 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide could be attributed to long-term exposure to tiny particles of pollution.

# covid19 - Monday 26 October, 2020

Over half of people in Ireland would take a Covid-19 vaccine

Results from a number of vaccine trials have been encouraging and some are aiming to file for authorisation as early as November.

# covid19 - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Covid-19 transmission aboard flight into Ireland linked to 59 cases during the summer

The outbreak occurred despite low levels of occupancy aboard the flight from the Middle East to Ireland during the summer.

Most common number of close contacts in Ireland is now 3 as positivity declines

The figure was confirmed by the HSE this morning.

# covid19 - Saturday 24 October, 2020

US sets coronavirus infection record as deaths climb towards 224,000

Several states are reeling as the virus continues to spread.

Explainer: How close are we to a Covid-19 vaccine?

Although the research is by no means complete, there is a strong sense of optimism in the medical and scientific community.

# covid19 - Friday 23 October, 2020

How this week's Covid-19 data compares to last week

On day one of Level 5 let’s look at the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland – and how the data compares with last week.

# covid19 - Thursday 22 October, 2020

HSE boss says rapid acceleration of cases and staff 'scheduling issue' led to contact tracing backlog

Paul Reid also said he takes responsibility for the fact that the government was not informed of the issues at the weekend.

# covid19 - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

GPs 'inundated' with calls from close contacts of Covid-19 cases due to HSE backlog issue

More than 2,000 people are being expected to do their own contact tracing this week.

HSE forced to ask people to alert their own close contacts due to 'unprecedented pressure'

The HSE decided not to contact infected people from Friday, Saturday and Sunday over fears it would lead to significant delays in contact tracing.

# covid19 - Monday 19 October, 2020

Ahead of today's announcement, here are the differences between Level 4 and Level 5 Covid restrictions

It’s understood that a middle ground between Level 4 and Level 5 is a probable scenario for the coming weeks.

# covid19 - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Union calls for mandatory sick pay as NPHET says workers still turning up with symptoms

Dr Ronan Glynn said it is not acceptable this winter to go to work with cold and flu symptoms.

Covid-19 curfew comes into effect for up to 20 million people in France

The measure was imposed after a surge in new coronavirus cases.

# covid19 - Friday 16 October, 2020

Ballyjamesduff in Cavan has highest Covid-19 incidence rate, Ballyfermot-Drimnagh has highest in Dublin

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate overall now stands at 206.7 cases per 100,000.

Court overturns order to shut Berlin's bars and restaurants from 11pm

The court said “it was not apparent” that such a measure could help fight coronavirus.

# covid19 - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Concerns over 'significant delay' in delivery of flu vaccine from HSE supplier

Pharmacists have said the uncertainty about deliveries and cancellation of appointments may undermine the vaccination programme.

Outbreak of Covid-19 among residents and staff at Dublin nursing home

Residents and staff who tested positive are now isolating.