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Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

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IRELAND

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  • Public health officials confirmed 1,414 more cases of Covid-19 and 79 further deaths in Ireland, with more cases in January than in all of 2020.
  • Northern Ireland recorded 455 Covid-19 cases and 17 more deaths in its latest update this afternoon.
  • The EU pulled back on plans to prevent Northern Ireland from potentially being used as a back door to funnel coronavirus vaccines from the bloc into the rest of the UK, following an outcry on both sides of the Irish Sea last night.
  • Several babies who died at Cork County Home were buried in the same coffins as adults or in coffins containing amputated limbs, the Mother and Baby Homes report found.
  • A man who was charged with the murder of a schoolboy in Dublin appeared in court today and has been remanded in custody.
  • Cases of the Covid-19 variant from South Africa that were identified in Ireland have been contained, health officials believe.
  • Graffiti in Belfast that made threats against the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is being investigated by police in Northern Ireland as a hate crime.
  • A windsurfer was rescued this afternoon after they were blown out to sea off the coast of Cork.
  • A man, 33, was remanded in custody after he appeared in court accused of attempted murder of his former employer at a pub in Dublin.

THE WORLD

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#PREHISTORIC A four-year-old girl discovered a dinosaur footprint from 200 million years ago on a beach in South Wales.

#PROTEST Indian farmers started a one-day hunger strike amid fury against the government.

#TRAVEL France is closing its borders to non-EU countries and shutting all large shopping centres from tomorrow.

#INVESTIGATION A WHO team investigating the origins of the pandemic have visited a second Wuhan hospital that treated early patients.

PARTING SHOT

The deal toll from Covid-19 in Ireland has surpassed 3,000 people, with more than 1,000 deaths recorded in January alone.

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