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# simon-harris - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Five weeks in lockdown in hospital is tough - and the food makes it worse

A patient with cystic fibrosis, for whom nutrition is key to health, shares her hospital food experience.

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU drops to 42, down from peak of 160

The peak of patients requiring ICU care occurred on 4 April, with 160 people in intensive care beds.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again

Harris said government will continue to be led by public health advice.

# simon-harris - Saturday 23 May, 2020

Harris announces establishment of Covid-19 nursing home expert panel

The establishment of the panel follows a recent National Public Health Emergency Team recommendation.

# simon-harris - Friday 22 May, 2020

Harris says mandatory passenger form for those arriving in Ireland from next week

The Minister for Health addressed reporters this evening.

NPHET to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak in meat factories

Last night it emerged that 828 workers have been diagnosed across the country.

# simon-harris - Thursday 21 May, 2020

'We can suppress this virus': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 is 0.45

The reproductive rate of the virus is 0.45, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Sale of menthol cigarettes banned in Ireland from today

A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarettes.

# simon-harris - Monday 18 May, 2020

Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter

The vaccine will also be free for people in at-risk groups and those aged 70 and over.

'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says

Small weddings are due to be permitted by 20 July, according to the government roadmap out of lockdown.

# simon-harris - Sunday 17 May, 2020

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU falls to 54

The latest figures show the virus’s prevalence has continued on a downward trajectory.

# simon-harris - Friday 15 May, 2020

'Curtains can wait': Why the government is allowing hardware - but not homeware - stores to re-open

Homeware stores will have to wait until a later phase to re-open.

Cabinet set to approve easing of restrictions, but homeware stores not permitted to open

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

# simon-harris - Thursday 14 May, 2020

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE boss raised concern over NPHET's statement about ramping up Covid-19 testing

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said he was taken by surprise when Dr Tony Holohan made the announcement last month.

'Remarkably stable': Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen

Ireland’s reproductive rate has now fallen to between 0.4-0.6.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Human rights group calls on health minister to justify extending emergency garda powers

Figures show the emergency powers were invoked a total of 192 times over the past month.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country

The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.

# simon-harris - Sunday 10 May, 2020

HSE still plans to roll out contact tracing app by end of the month

The app will be opt-in and support, rather than replace, current contact tracing processes.

# simon-harris - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again

Harris said the number of admissions to hospital and intensive care have halved in the last week.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

New bank holiday 'at tail end of the year' would benefit Irish tourism sector, says junior minister

Health Minister Simon Harris told this website that he thinks another bank holiday is a good idea.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Level of secondary deaths to be considered by Cabinet every three weeks

Harris said plans are afoot to ramp up use of Ireland’s private hospitals.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 May, 2020

Simon Harris: 'Ireland needs a day where people can grieve for those who have died during this pandemic'

Ramping up testing, a day for Ireland to grieve, and another bank holiday – just some of the plans for during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus: 16 deaths and 266 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures in a statement this evening.

Simon Harris defends Irish-based American pharmaceuticals following Trump criticism

US President Donald Trump made a pledge to bring Irish-based US pharmaceutical companies back to the US.

# simon-harris - Sunday 3 May, 2020

Harris warns government 'not sustainable for much longer', Donohoe sets July deadline to pass new legislation

The Greens’ parliamentary party members are due to resume talks today on whether or not they will enter government formation talks.

Simon Harris says he's aware of the impact cocooning is having on over 70s

The Health Minister called the over-70 group a “resilient generation”.

# simon-harris - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Concerns over fall in cancer referrals and operation cancellations during Covid-19 crisis

GP referrals for suspected cancer cases have dropped by more than a half.

Number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in ICU has fallen below 100

The number of people in ICU is a figure Harris said will watched very carefully over the coming weeks.

'It's not looking good': Foreign travel looking 'highly unlikely' this year, says Harris

Government is to consider making it mandatory to self-isolate if you arrive in Ireland from abroad.

# simon-harris - Friday 1 May, 2020

Simon Harris to extend emergency Garda powers until 18 May

The health minister said he would sign the updated regulations tonight.

Taoiseach to outline 'roadmap' to lifting restrictions today - here's what we know so far

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will outline the plan this evening.

# simon-harris - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Reproduction rate currently between 0.5 and 0.8 as Harris says measures 'saved over 3,500 lives'

Bringing the reproduction rate – or the R0 – below 1.0 has been the main goal for the public health emergency team.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Cabinet told there are no indications that virus levels are low enough to ease restrictions on 5 May

The plan to lift restrictions will be discussed by Cabinet on Friday.

# simon-harris - Monday 27 April, 2020

Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers

Last month the government reached an agreement with private hospitals to use all of their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.

'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Ireland will meet Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the situation.

The 2km rule is the first restriction people want lifted, according to new survey

The government has said it is hoping to ease some of the restrictions on 5 May.

# simon-harris - Sunday 26 April, 2020

Number of people accessing mental health supports dramatically increases

An extra €1.1 million is being made available.

Harris to smaller parties: 'Come on over, give us a hand, work with us through this pandemic'

Talks on government formation are expected to ratchet up from this week.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 April, 2020

Public health team's notes and letters on recommended restrictions will be published, says minister

Questions have been raised this week about how decisions are being made as Ireland responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harris hopes for 'slight easing' of restrictions on 5 May

The plan will outline the phases of lifting restrictions.

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