The HSE issued an alert after coroners identified coronavirus infection of the placenta as a factor in four stillbirths in January and February

Information on stillbirths ‘very much preliminary’, further evidence required – HSE

Stephen Donnelly yesterday expressed serious concern about the reliability of AstraZeneca’s deliveries. File photograph:  TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images

Stephen Donnelly seriously concerned about reliability of AstraZeneca’s deliveries

Dr Cliona Murphy, chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians, said: “I’d be cautious about drawing too much from this. It could be an unfortunate coincidence.” File photograph: iStock

Postmortems identified coronavirus infection of the placenta as factor in a number of recent stillbirths

The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 has continued to fall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Offaly has highest county incidence followed by Longford while Cork has lowest incidence

Grafton Street in lockdown: The main draw on the public purse was spending on the Government’s Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Tax receipts for first two months of the year were €800m less than same period in 2020

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Please hold firm to the public health advice,’ Ronan Glynn says

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee is  to seek Government approval to extend an  ban on visa-free travel from South Africa and most South American countries due concern over  Covid-19 variants. Photograph: iStock

New legislation to enforce mandatory State quarantine in hotels for passengers passed

When someone in Ireland searches on Twitter for key words associated with vaccinations, they will get a prompt directing them to the HSE’s dedicated web page on the issue. File photograph: Getty

Measure is in addition to removal of information social media firm considers harmful

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health, addressing the media briefing on Monday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

One further death and 687 new cases, reported in Republic

 Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital: On January 8th, 39 medical students were on standby to get vaccines. However, surplus vaccines were given to 16 relatives of staff, Prof Deirdre Murphy has told the review. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael O’Connell’s argument for allocating surplus vaccines to staff families ‘untenable’

 Covid-19 antigen tests get approval   as tens of thousands of junior and senior infants, first and second class, and Leaving Cert students return to school. Photograph:  Ronny Hartmann

Antigen kits to be employed as thousands of pupils make phased return to classrooms

Up to 40 per cent of emissions from open fires remain in the home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Survey finds people underestimate the risk that smoky fuels pose to their health

Another 612 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the State. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Glynn praises health service response amid one-year anniversary of first case on island

Getting more people vaccinated gets harder after the most vulnerable and those most enthusiastic about vaccines have been inoculated. It will prove a lot harder to get from 70%  to 80% cover than from 60%  to 70%

It came from nowhere, ripped through our lives and is still with us. Will it ever end?

Vicky Phelan, Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh at  the formal launch of 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Restoring public trust in screening service vital to success of cancer treatment in future

Deputy chief medical officer  Dr Ronan Glynn: we could be ‘in a good place’ by the end of the summer, he told the Nphet briefing on Thursday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Sudden and sharp’ decrease in cases in care facilities shows effect of vaccines, briefing hears

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Photograph: Lukasz Sokol/Bloomberg

Dáil hears claims some childcare providers were vaccinated early; GPs raise concerns

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘We are making good progress and can see that many of the key indicators of disease levels in our communities are continuing to fall.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Nphet reports 35 deaths and 613 Covid-19 cases while situation remains ‘precarious’

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly visiting the HSE Covid-19 vaccination centre in the Helix, DCU at the weekend. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government has taken up every option to purchase vaccines, Donnelly says

Dr Nóirín Russell, CervicalCheck clinical director, says ‘there’s a very very real risk that if the environment doesn’t change, we won’t have a screening programme’.

Recruitment difficulties jeopardise plans to transfer lab work from the US to Ireland

Many patients with serious underlying health conditions are to be vaccinated earlier against Covid-19. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Patient lobby groups say the case for reprioritisation was unequivocal

Grafton Street, February 22th: It may turn out  the Taoiseach’s caution will be justified by future virus trends. But his announcement will do little to lift the national mood. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

State’s softly-softly approach comes amid ongoing gloom and fear around compliance

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said on Monday that high levels of compliance by the majority were having a positive effect on hospitals. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

‘We are still making progress’ Philip Nolan says as cases fall 8 per cent in a week

Prof Anthony Staines of Dublin City University believes there should be a ban on flights “from everywhere”. Photograph: Getty Images

Quarantine legislation was brought to Cabinet last week, but a range of issues are still being worked through

Paramedic Andrew Parker prepares a vaccine inside a holiday coach  near Inverness, Scotland, which is being used  as a mobile coronavirus vaccination centre. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The research is the first examining the real-world impact of Covid vaccines in UK

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Cases among hospital workers fell by two-thirds in a single week in February

 GPs and practice nurses receive their second dose of the Covid-19  vaccine at St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New blow to State’s efforts to control virus after first cases of Brazilian variant found

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

28 further deaths and 763 new cases reported as 13,171 more vaccines given

Prof Philip Nolan said progress on reducing case numbers was slowing. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Level 5 to stay until April, while phased return of schools to begin in March

It is too soon to attribute the improvement in infection rates among healthcare workers to a vaccine effect, health officials have said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rate of Covid-19 infections falling steeply among healthcare workers, says Reid

Deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Ronan Glynn says public health team ‘really wants’ focus on retrospective contact tracing

Micheál Martin in  a Covid vaccination unit in Cork City Hall. The Taoiseach says a significant uptick in vaccination supplies from April will see large numbers vaccinated by the end of summer. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be available in Ireland by April

Lives Lost: Paul McDermott 1963-2021

Paul, who died aged 57, treated patients from his surgery in Rathfarnham for more than 20 years

 Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, has said Ireland remains in a ‘very concerning’ epidemiological situation. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Daily new cases could drop to as low as 100 by mid-March, Glynn says

Patricia Lewin(93) from, Corbally, Limerick who received her first vaccine dose from Dr Ronan Ryder, Old Windmill Medical Centre on Tuesday.Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Cork All-Ireland winner (85) says getting Covid jab is nothing compared with facing Tipp

 A paramedic gets ready to give  the Covid-19 vaccination to  Sgt John Mulvaney in the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/

ECDC advises national authorities to speed up Covid vaccinations of highest risk groups

Phials of the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine at the Helix mass vaccination centre in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Some GPs say space in practices is an issue but IMO believes clinics are the safest place

Workplace outbreaks are occurring in a range of settings, said deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

No additional deaths and 821 further cases reported as 4,164 more vaccines given

GPs and practice nurses receive their second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

McGrath says businesses supports can’t run indefinitely but will only be withdrawn as health situation allows

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the speed at which people are being inoculated here is entirely dictated by ‘logistics and supply’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inoculation of more than 14,400 over-85s begins as community rollout gets under way

Covid-19: Gardaí on duty on Grafton Street in Dublin last week. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hospitality sector to reopen on outdoor basis from May at earliest, say sources

 A Healthcare worker performs a Covid-19 swab test. Photograph:  EPA/Angelo Carconi

Reporting the level of a patient’s viral load would facilitate the management of cases

Ireland currently ranks third in the EU for vaccine uptake, behind Malta and Slovakia, with 4.7 per cent of the population having received a first dose. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 15,000 in cohort to get vaccine this week in 106 GP practices and DCU hub

Children with albinism at Buhangija Protectorate Centre, Tanzania. Photograph: Harry Freeland/Standing Voice

Man who attended clinic killed for body parts as community targeted by witchcraft practitioners

Covid-19 stations and staff around the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday for the Ireland vs France match in the rugby Six Nations tournament. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eleven deaths and 176 cases of Covid-19 reported in Northern Ireland

The vaccine programme in nursing homes and other congregated settings for people over the age of 70 is ‘almost complete’, according to the HSE. File photograph: Getty

About 40,000 second doses to be administered next week, says HSE

You are less likely to be hospitalised if infected this time around. File photograph: The Irish Times

By Easter the most vulnerable will hopefully have been vaccinated against this disease

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group a Covid -19 update on Thursday. Phtograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

‘Rate of transmission still extremely high and risks to our vulnerable have not changed,’ says Glynn

Bridie McCabe served as secretary to Rathmines tech students’ union. Her son Ray says this union work ‘taught her to always stand up for her rights and so she was never afraid in those days to ask for a raise’

Bridie and Paud opened a grocery shop in Santry, then a sleepy rural outpost of Dublin

Twitter is to take action to give prominence to credible public health information about Covid-19 vaccines for Irish users. File photograph: Glenn Chapman/AFP via Getty Images

Social media giant links with HSE in bid to curb the spread of misinformation online

A deserted Liffey Street and Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Daily cases need to fall to 100 by mid-March and be maintained for easing of restrictions, according to sources

The national incidence rate of the disease over the past 14 days is 312 cases for every 100,000. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘At least it feels like we have the wind behind us now,’ says HSE chief executive Paul Reid

Lab technicians process antigen tests at the RocDoc facility at Dublin Airport which has been established for hauliers bound for France via Dublin Port. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Some are still sceptical of the DIY test, but Liverpool rollout shows encouraging results

The tribunal was established to allow an alternative to going to court for claims arising out of the CervicalCheck controversy. File photograph: iStock

Outreach project will aim to inform public of tribunal’s existence, chairwoman says

Members of the public braving the bad weather on a quiet South Anne Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Any easing of restrictions will be ‘conservative and cautious’, warns Taoiseach

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said it was ‘inexcusable’ that some nursing home staff were refusing to take the vaccine. Photograph: Sebastian Gollnow/DPA via AP

Some 75 of the 195 deaths from the virus this month associated with care home facilities

Vaccines already developed could be updated “in a fairly short period of time”, Dr Cillian de Gascun told a National Public Health Emergency Team  briefing on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Valdes/EPA

Health officials say more coronavirus variants likely to be identified over time

 Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said the rate of decrease in coronavirus case numbers was slowing down, as numbers were boosted by 50-100 a day due to the resumption of testing of close contacts. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Deaths will remain ‘for some time to come’ says Nolan after six further fatalities reported

The new approach involves   a multidisciplinary surgical team, comprising gynaecological oncologists,  gastrointestinal and liver surgeons. Photograph: Getty Images

New approach results in significantly improved rates of complete cancer resection

Nphet  believes Covid-19 case numbers could be as low as 200 a day by the end of this month. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Decision to use Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on those over 70 leads to ‘re-tooling’ of plan

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said a lot of work had been done  so that lessons could be learned from the experience of women who had been harmed and who had ‘reasonable questions’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Non-disclosure of clinical audits caused ‘significant harm’, says CMO

Medicines regulator says  Covid-19 vaccines should be administered under close supervision with appropriate medical treatment available in case of an allergic reaction. File photograph: iStock

In all cases, the people concerned recovered, medicines regulator says

Of the 219,200 administered, 133,000 were administered to frontline healthcare workers and 86,000 to residents of the long-term care facilities. Photograph: Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP

Nphet reports 75 more deaths as State passes 200,000 confirmed cases

In the rush to develop the AstraZeneca vaccine, there is insufficient clinical data on its efficacy among those aged 55 and older. This may come in time  but it isn’t there now, at least not at a level to satisfy the Irish (and German) authorities. Photograph: Getty images

Analysis: Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines favoured for over-70s

A Covid-19 HSE vaccination sign in Baldoyle, Dublin. People aged between 70-80 could be facing delays of two-three weeks for their vaccination under changes being drawn up by health officials. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lower priority groups may be inoculated earlier due to decision to recommend the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for people over 70 wh(...)

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to a pregnant woman at Clalit Health Services, in Tel Aviv, Israel  in January. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

No Covid-related deaths among pregnant women in the State, with risk to babies low

The HSE acknowledges updated guidance on the situations where FFP2 masks should be used will lead to an “ongoing and significant increase in demand for the medium term”. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

Additional sources for buying the medical-grade masks have been secured, says HSE

Ambulances at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Some 1,334 Covid-19 patients in hospital with slight drop in ICU numbers to 203

People walking on Portmarnock beach in Dublin last Friday. Many of us who have cooped ourselves up at home for weeks now have difficulty understanding how it is that 15,000 people still require testing every day. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

As boredom and frustration sets in, we seem to be a long way from suppressing the virus

Levels of reported happiness have fallen consistently since June, from 40 per cent to 28 per cent. File photograph: iStock

Levels of fear and worry drop since cases peaked last month, Department of Health data shows

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said mobility across society continues to hold at a reduced level ‘although substantially higher than that seen in spring 2020’.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Deaths included that of a 19-year-old, one of the youngest victims of Covid-19 in the State

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: Advised people against planning foreign holidays this summer.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

AstraZeneca vaccine could start to be administered to older people in next 10 days

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos

CMO says Irish people heading for summer ‘of beaches in their own localities’

A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine. Photograph: Jack Guez / AFP

Centre correcting tracker which says State gave 438,000 Covid jabs while says 199,800 have given

The report says this is particularly important for children affected by poor housing, poverty, cultural differences or those living in difficult home circumstances. Photograph: iStock

Special needs schools most seriously affected by closures, Dr Louise Kyne says

‘We are yet to see the full impact of Covid-19 on Irish healthcare,’ says Dr Greg Korpanty of University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Ireland ‘not where it needs to be’ regarding options available to patients, says oncologist

Crucial talks on the Leaving Certificate, efforts to restart classes for children with special educational needs and the likely timetable for reopening the State’s schools will go ahead this week.

If Covid-19 infections rate continues to fall, phased reopening of schools could begin early March

A small number of orthodontic patients in the greater Dublin area have been contacted by the HSE after an audit found shortcomings in their treatment 20 years ago. Image: iStock

Timeline around claims of dental malpractice ‘drawn out to the point of being absurd’

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, warned Covid-19 case numbers in the Republic could rise  in the coming days due to resumed testing of contacts. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

North records 19 deaths as incidence of virus continues to fall across island of Ireland

Over 3,000 people have died in the Republic from Covid-19 since the pandemic  began. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Zero-Covid strategy not a ‘false hope’, says public health specialist

‘A number’ of KPMG staff working with or supporting the HSE on the rollout of the vaccine have been vaccinated

Consultancy firm says a number of employees were vaccinated under HSE protocols

Prof Philip Nolan of Nphet: ‘It is an utterly false promise to say we can go to Level 0 or 1 in the space of weeks or months.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Opposition members support strategy which health officials say offers ‘false promises’

Critical Care staff carry out a tracheostomy procedure on a Covid-19 patient on the Christine Brown ward at King’s College Hospital in London on January 27th. File photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty

Some 224 people infected as a result of 'domino effect' involving two meat plants

Paul McDermott, a GP who died with Covid-19. Photograph courtesy of the family

If death officially attributed, Paul McDermott (57) would be first GP to die of coronavirus

Not all mental health services providing care for people over 65 have received their vaccinations, the commission said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many centres yet to receive vaccination schedule from HSE, says commission

The 14-day incidence of the disease in the Republic now stands at 721 cases per 100,000 people nationally.

Six more cases of South African variant found while North plans next phase of vaccine rollout

A member of staff prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination clinic in the UK. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

EU asks drugmaker if it can divert doses of vaccine from UK to make up for shortfall

Passengers arriving at Dublin Airport from France on Monday. New Covid restrictions are set to be approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Incoming travellers without negative coronavirus test face mandatory quarantine

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that as of Sunday, 143,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered, slightly above target. File photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Minister admits amount of AstraZeneca jabs received will be ‘at lower end’ of expectations

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet’s epidemiological modelling group, warned that the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital would not drop below 1,000 before the end of February. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nolan warns UK variant playing role in high level of outbreaks in healthcare settings

 A patient being brought  to a  Covid emergency department. Levels of infections among healthcare workers are up to six times higher than in the community, with significant levels of undiagnosed infection among asymptomatic staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

The level of infections in healthcare is inexcusable, and the population is traumatised the last botched reopening

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: he  said the find-test-trace-isolate process was vital to controlling the spread of infections. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Holohan urges people to contact their GP as soon as symptoms occur so contacts can be traced

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine being administered by  staff at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Lockdown compliance has led to ‘first signs of lower prevalence’, says Holohan

An almost empty arrivals hall in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport: Since last week, all passengers arriving into the State must produce a negative test result. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Cabinet to consider tighter controls as Nphet says pre-flight Covid tests are not enough

The reporting experience  to date suggests  the benefits of Covid-19 vaccines outweigh any risks.  Photograph: Mary Altaffer/ AP

Most reports involve short-lived, ‘mild to moderate’ events, says HPRA

A member of the public pass the Heartbreak Social club during  in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Adverts linking vaccines to travel ‘not very responsible’, Holohan says

A  woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot from a male nurse  in Jerusalem, Israel. The vaccine is administered at 350 locations, ranging in size from local healthcare settings to large sports stadiums. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Country likely to be the first to reach population immunity in the coming months

Some 81 reports of suspected side effects linked to the Covid-19 vaccine have been reported to Irish medical regulators. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Joint pain, nausea, fatigue and headache among reactions reported to Irish regulations

GP Mary Behan administering the Moderna vaccine against Covid-19 to GP Ellaheebuksh Muhammud Fardeen of VHI Clinic Dundrum, at a vaccination centre in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Rollout under scrutiny after families of staff at Coombe hospital given leftover doses

It remains unclear where the real decision on the vaccination rollout are being made. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Hospitals have previously had to make up their own rules for allocating supplies

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