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# nphet - Yesterday’s News

Explainer: Here are the new Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect

Cabinet signed off on the measures earlier today.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 1,031 new cases confirmed in Ireland

There are 34 people in ICU, and there have been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

# nphet - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Modified Level 4 restrictions possible with Cabinet to meet on Monday

Government leaders met today to discuss the recommendation to move to Level 5.

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# nphet - Friday 16 October, 2020

Taoiseach says 'active consideration' will be given to NPHET's Level 5 advice as leaders set to meet tomorrow

The Government will now have to decide if it will accept NPHET’s recommendation.

From The42 Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Ireland coach says the health and safety of the country has to take priority over the completion of a rugby tournament.

Rebecca Moynihan: We cannot ask those living alone to isolate further - time for social bubbles

The Labour senator is calling for the introduction of support bubbles through Covid restrictions – not just for older people, but for everyone who lives alone in this country.

# nphet - Thursday 15 October, 2020

If current restrictions have no effect, there will be 400 people with Covid-19 in hospital by Halloween

A number of stark figures were given at tonight’s Department of Health briefing.

Data in detail: Over 100,000 tests, 238 hospitalised cases, a rising 5-day incidence

NPHET is meeting this afternoon to consider additional Covid-19 restrictions.

# nphet - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Warning that Republic will follow North's Covid-19 trend without 'radical' change in behaviours this week

Dr Mary Favier said the health service here faces a greater challenge due to resourcing deficiencies.

# nphet - Friday 9 October, 2020

Vintners call for minimum unit pricing on off-licence sales 'to curb house party outbreaks'

The VFI wants off-licence opening hours to be shortened and minimum pricing to be introduced.

# nphet - Thursday 8 October, 2020

CMO and Health Minister discussed possibility of moving to Level 4 before Level 5 recommendation

Stephen Donnelly issued a statement in the Dáil this evening to clarify the timeline last weekend.

NPHET recommends no additional Covid-19 restrictions following meeting today

Level 3 restrictions are in place nationwide, after the Government rejected NPHET’s recommendation on Sunday to move to Level 5.

Coronavirus: One more death and 506 new cases confirmed in Ireland

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

HSE says hospital system 'challenged but not overwhelmed' though trends remain 'a strong concern'

HSE CEO Paul Reid said that some hospitals may have to start deferring or cancelling procedures.

'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Donnelly is to make a statement about the sequence of events prior to NPHET’s Level 5 recommendation later today.

Covid-19: Thick-skinned Holohan returns with warning of 'further deterioration' since Sunday's Level 5 advice

NPHET last night reported five deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland and 611 new cases.

# nphet - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

CMO spoke to Health Minister before and after NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Level 5 recommendation “came out of the blue” on Sunday.

There are now 156 Covid-19 patients in hospital and 25 in ICU

Last Thursday, there were 122 hospitalisations and 20 people in ICU.

'We have now entered a phase of exponential growth': R number 'close to 1' in Dublin but growth outside capital 'significantly higher'

NPHET also warned of a potential 1,500 new cases of the virus every day by November.

Coronavirus: Five deaths and 611 new cases confirmed in Ireland

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

# nphet - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'

The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion' Nphet This post contains videos

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'

NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.

Professor Sam McConkey: Prepare for Levels 4 and 5, yesterday just delayed the inevitable

Professor Sam McConkey says he understands the thinking behind yesterday’s decision by Government, but believes it won’t be enough to stop the second wave of Covid-19.

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.

Concern that relationship between NPHET and government is 'changed forever' after yesterday's meeting

Some ministers said they only learned about the mooted new restrictions on Twitter.

# nphet - Monday 5 October, 2020

NPHET warned that Level 5 is the 'only opportunity' to control Covid-19

Dr Tony Holohan warned in a letter last night of a “significant and deteriorating” epidemiological situation.

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the government and NPHET “have to get back on the same page”.

As it happened: Taoiseach confirms nationwide Level 3 restrictions after rejecting Level 5 recommendation

The Taoiseach addressed the nation this evening.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 518 new cases confirmed in Ireland, including 134 in Dublin

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

'The outcome will be the same': Nationwide move to Level 3 will not stop spread of Covid-19, expert warns

Professor Sam McConkey believes case numbers will continue to rise if the Government rejects NPHET’s advice.

Twelve trade associations and 429 individual businesses send open letter to Government over Level 5 fears

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has said the government should reject Nphet’s advice.

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

Teaching unions query whether schools should remain open if Ireland moves to Level 5

Under Level 5 restrictions, schools would remain open but most other businesses would be closed

# nphet - Sunday 4 October, 2020

NPHET recommends entire country move to Level 5 restrictions

A NPHET source said that the “projections are very bad” and that there needs to be a “major shift”.

Coronavirus: No deaths and 364 new cases confirmed in Ireland, including 100 in Dublin

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

# nphet - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'

Making the tough decisions in government during a pandemic is not easy, says O’Callaghan.

# nphet - Friday 2 October, 2020

Donnelly says people shouldn't 'switch off' from Covid restrictions while on holiday

A report into the attendance of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe at the infamous Golfgate dinner said he “switched off from news coverage” while away.

# nphet - Thursday 1 October, 2020

NPHET recommends further nationwide visitor restrictions as it notes concern over 'disease severity'

New Covid-19 cases were confirmed in every county today, with 442 new cases.

# nphet - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

'The window for it not to be a national issue is closing': Worry as Covid-19 incidence rate rises nationwide

At a briefing this evening a number of examples were described where the virus was spread in social settings.

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