A woman carries shopping bags in Dublin city centre as the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA.

Conor Pope on how to keep yourself safe while shopping and minimise contact with coronavirus

 A lone passenger walks past closed airline check-in counters. Photograph:   Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Irish travel experts fear summer will have passed before many flights are back in the air

It appears as though people simply aren’t in the humour for pratical jokes this April. Photograph: iStock

Fall in jokes and jibes surfacing, with a few exceptions, during coronavirus pandemic

The indication comes as a result of the Government’s decision to bring all private hospitals under public control during the pandemic. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health insurer yet to say how much premiums will be impacted by coronavirus crisis

A phishing email from someone posing as the head of the World Health Organisation and asking recipients to donate money to a coronavirus fund. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Criminals seeking to exploit the situation by tailoring scams to the unfolding crisis

Many pharmacies have also been delivering to vulnerable customers since the scale of the crisis became clear in recent weeks. File photograph: Getty

McCauley Pharmacy chain launches smartphone app service to help existing customers

Customers stand in social distancing squares  a supermarke in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/via Getty

Environmental health experts describe supermarkets as ‘high-risk sites of infection’

Why is Aer Lingus continuing flights to the US when we are advised against non-essential travel and currently denied entry into the US anyway? Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Hundreds of people could lose thousands of euro as their travel plans lie in tatters

Staff prepare to bottle hand sanitiser at Listoke Distillery and Gin School in Tenure Business Park in Co Louth.  The gin stills of the Listoke Distillery have been repurposed in the fight against the coronavirus. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Companies around the country have announced initiatives amid coronavirus crisis

There are 60 flights due to arrive in the airport on Saturday while 63 flights are listed to depart. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Almost 30 airlines suspend all flights to and from airport for weeks and months ahead

Aer Lingus offers passengers alternate bookings and vouchers. Details of passenger rights to refunds are only available by following a link to a complex page of terms and conditions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Airline denies claims while flying near-empty planes to US despite restrictions on arrivals

‘There is no scientific evidence that exposure to coronavirus alters your existing risk of infection.’ Photograph: iStock

Doctors, professors and consumer experts respond to your queries about Covid-19

Blackrock Clinic: Insurers say they need exact details of the deal reached between the Government and private hospitals before deciding how to respond. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Industry urged to pause health premium payments during response to coronavirus

Grafton Street practically deserted on Wednesday due to Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A Luas set off for Cabra with just three passengers, two of them in surgical masks

Long-standing rules make it clear that when flights are cancelled, passengers must be offered the choice of a refund, a re-routing at the earliest opportunity or re-routing at a later date. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg

Which? calls for Covid-19 not be used as excuse to undermine consumer protections

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) issued a warning to consumers in relation to a website called whatadeal.ie. Image: iStock

Websites being monitored ‘to check compliance with consumer protection law’

“The increase in the number of properties advertised for rent so far in March is likely to be related to the collapse in tourism and thus the fall in demand for short-term rentals,” Daft.ie economist Ronan Lyons said. Photograph: John MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Hosts turn to long-term rentals, self-isolation units as bookings cancelled en masse

Senior Counsel Constance Cassidy said publicans who had opened in recent days may have already put their licences at terminal risk. Photograph: iStock

Minister said pubs staying open would be shut down under new emergency powers

Emirates has announced it will suspend most passenger flights by March 25th. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty

Dublin to Dubai flight at risk as airline becomes latest to scale back operations

FRESH FRESIAS FOR MUM: Ellen Creed, of Dublin, with a bunch of flowers that was left outside her door, due to coronavirus "cocooning" of older persons, on Mother's Day. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

‘I need nothing but a virtual hug and to survive. That would be the best present ever’

Michael Larkin running the ‘balcony bingo’ for residents of Canon Mooney Gardens complex in Ringsend, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Compere Michael Larkin delighted idea has caught on and is ‘helping to connect people’

A dramatic increase in sales of over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibrupofen as people became spooked by the coronavirus outbreak has eased and supplies remain solid, pharmacists and producers have said. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg.

‘People were definitely spooked a bit and every time there was a bit of bad news we saw a spike’

Michael Fetherston, the owner of the five-star The K Club estate in Straffan, Co Kildare, said that his hotel, which closed earlier this week along with hundreds of other hotels around the country, could be used in whatever manner the Government or the HSE believed was most appropriate at no cost to the State. File photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Citywest Hotel to be converted to field hospital by HSE in battle against coronavirus

All your behaviour in connection with coronavirus should be guided by the best health protocols to limit risk of infection to you or transmission to anyone else.  Hand-washing and social distance are two fundamentals.

Infection, travel, self-isolation, asthma, vaping, and the transmission of Covid-19

Travel insurers have been racing to protect themselves from a massive volume of coronavirus-related claims

Many could be out of pocket as some insurers activate exclusion clauses in existing policies

Tánaiste Simon Coveney had originally called on holidaymakers in Spain who want to fly home to do so by  Thursday.

Department of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Germany unless resident

Social distancing measures in place  at checkouts in a SuperValu supermarket in Dingle, Co Kerry. Photograph: PA

Retailers introduce increased sanitation and reduce reliance on ‘high contact surfaces’

Both Brown Thomas and Arnotts closed at 5pm on Wednesday evening. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Retail Ireland calls for emergency support for shops ‘devastated’ by Covid-19 pandemic

Monaghan’s Cashmere on South Anne St in Dublin 2 had a significant amount of stock stolen on Sunday morning. Image via Google Street View.

Claim comes after sweaters and shirts stolen during robbery at Dublin city centre shop

Subdued scenes in Dublin’s Temple Bar area on the eve of St Patrick’s Day. DublinTown, a group representing some city centre businesses, said footfall on the capital’s streets was 28 per cent lower during the week of March 9th to 15th than in the same week last year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Medic urges people not to have St Patrick’s Day parties in absence of usual events

A man pictured at O’Connell Monument on Dublin’s O’Connell St. Many  retailers have opted to close in a bid to slow the spread of  Covid-19. Photograph: Collins

‘Prepare for a new way of shopping for essential items to keep us safe and healthy’

A file image of empty shelves in a Tesco store in Dublin last week. Retailers have insisted that their supply chains remain robust. Photograph: PA

Lidl and Tesco to create dedicated shopping periods for older people and carers

Social distance queue lines installed by the staff at Teddy’s Ice Cream on Dun Laoghaire Pier on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We answer some of the many questions arising during the Covid-19 crisis

Ryanair airplanes are seen parked on the tarmac of the Rome-Ciampino International Airport. Photograph:Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Coronavirus: Ryanair,Aer Lingus to slash schedules as coronavirus hits

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Rise in cases cannot be stopped’ as restrictions set to be extended beyond March 29th

Margaret is of annoyed and irritated at the sector’s  complete lack of respect or concern for the public. File photograph: Istock

Pricewatch: Reader has issues with the Irish hospitality sector over hygiene and service

Pricewatch: A reader puts it down to a fear factor but there are some benefits to paying out

New laws governing the gift voucher industry came into force late last year. Photograph: iStock

Reader who tried to use gift card was told it had all been used for maintenance fees

The international terminal at O’Hare Airport, Chicago,  is nearly devoid of travelers. PhotographScott Olson/Getty Images

Countries are shutting down internally and externally in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19

Ryanair is to ‘severely reduce’ flights to and from Spain, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands. Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN

Simon Coveney calls on all who want to fly back to Ireland to do so by midnight on Thursday

Wexford Bus said it is following public health advice issue by the authorities.

Brittany ferries announce changes to schedules in response to rolling coronavirus crisis

Aer Lingus and Ryanair have moved to secure their business. File photograph: PA

Ryanair announces it is to cancel all its scheduled services to and from Poland

Shelves containing a few toilet roll packs in a Tesco store in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Retail expert says ‘no need to be worried. Shops will stay open and there will be enough for everyone’

Aldi shopping centre in Blackrock: There was a huge amount of panic buying with many staples including rice, pasta, tinned goods and toilet paper disappearing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Information about our emerging new reality and plans to slow the spread of Covid-19

Queues at Dunnes Stores, Blanchardstown Centre on Thursday. Photograph: The Irish Times

People rush to the shops despite Government reassurances about supplies

Tesco on  Baggot Street in Dublin on Thursday afternoon after the Government announced a range of measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister and retailers insist there are sufficient supplies amid coronavirus restrictions

We take phones into our hands hundreds – if not thousands – of times each day. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Apple says disinfectant wipes can be used after insisting for years it was a bad idea

 A flight departure board shows cancelled fligths to Italy and Germany over  coronavirus. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Readers express concerns over cancelled flights, travel insurance and holidays

Passengers wearing face masks walk at Leonardo da Vinci airport near Rome. Photograph: Telenews/EPA

Ryanair says people looking to be repatriated can move to an earlier flight for free

A man wearing a respiratory mask  walks past the  Colosseum monument, which has been closed, in Rome on Tuesday. Three weeks ago there had been no reported cases of coronavirus in Italy. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

What started as a flu-like illness among a few people in Wuhan has spread with frightening speed

Ryanair said it was continuing to comply fully with WHO and national government guidance and travel bans.

Ryanair passengers have until Midnight on Friday to come home

Tesco worker Marie Downey stocks the shelves with disinfectant wipes in Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Tesco in UK starts to ration key products as fighting over toilet roll emerges in Australia

Boxes of protective face masks earmarked for staff and patients were stolen from St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin at the end of last month when supplies across the country were starting to disappear as fears over the spread of the coronavirus mounted. File Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The hospital in Rathgar treats cancer patients

A hand-washing demonstration to prevent the spread of coronavirus at a medical centre in California. Photograph: Alex Welsh/The New York Times

Virologist warns many people’s poor technique could leave virus on fingers and nails

Visitors from France enjoying a visit to Temple Bar recently. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hotels try to compensate for slowdown in overseas custom with domestic discounts

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, right, and chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan at Government Buildings on  Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Six Nations match between Ireland and France in Paris in doubt

Passengers disembark a train that arrived in Naples from Milan on Sunday. The Department of Foreign Affairs has warned Irish people against non-essential travel to parts of northern Italy, including Milan and Venice, after emergency measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak were announced. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Advice, covering Milan and Venice, comes after strict measures announced in response to outbreak

The bronze  statue of aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown which was unveiled in  Clifden, Co Galway.  Photograph: Andrew Downes

Chance conversation between hotelier and property developer led to bronze replica of Heathrow monument

Grocery retailers have discussed how their businesses are preparing for Covid-19 to ensure staff safety  and continuation of business and food supply chains. Photograph: David Ryder/Getty

Contingency plans discussed around public message that panic buying is unnecessary

A flight departure boards showing cancelled flights to Dublin and Belfast with Flybe. Photograph: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

Airline ceases flights to and from Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Knock with immediate effect

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange, Co Meath. Photograph: Liam McBurney/ PA Wire

Bored press pack seek translation, fashion advice and for the return of the cow family

 President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina are pictured with  William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also stopping at mental health charity and literature museum

Conor Pope. Photograph: Alan Betson

I left my house and set off on what I was determined would be another 10km run

A member of a medical team checking for coronavirus symptoms in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. Photograph: Gailan Haji/EPA

Good personal hygiene is most effective way of reducing chances of contracting virus

A reader   expressed her ‘disgust’ at her recent dealings with Aer Lingus. Photograph: Getty Images

Pricewatch: Reader is ‘disgusted’ after being told she cannot use vouchers for flight home to Ireland

AIB is well aware of the problem with its debit card at French toll booths and has been since last October. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Pricewatch: Glitch between AIB and French toll operators set to cause more traffic jams

Pricewatch: Many warranties run out after a year whereas your consumer rights don’t

Our reader says the experience has been eye opening ‘as this is the first time I have dealt with a national company’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Pricewatch: Reader describes failure to provide entitled refund as `very frustrating’

Testing for Covid-19 at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

How dangerous is it? If you get it how will you know? And do you have the right travel insurance?

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu on Saturday. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images

Organisation says governments need to wake up before disease spirals out of control

A man wearing a protective mask in Venice. Photograph: Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP

‘No cover’ for cancelling trips other than to places cited by Department of Foreign Affairs

Travellers at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. File photograph: Reuters

Slew of states report Covid-19 cases including Mexico, Nigeria, Denmark, Netherlands

 A spectator wears a face mask at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis ATP Championships  in Dubai. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

People who are well or have no symptoms should not use masks

HSE staff who are activating the public awareness campaign for Covid-19 (coronavirus) in the baggage hall of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sign of peace is to be suspended at Masses and holy water fonts emptied

Millennials – the cohort aged between 18 and 37 – are  most likely to pay for things using contactless or digital, with 57%   saying they favoured such methods over cash

Two out of three Irish adults use digital payments multiple times a week, with one in four using mobile phones for payments

No king’s ransom: You won’t need to pay anything to visit King John’s Castle in Limerick on Tourism Day, as all participating attractions are free of charge. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Guinness Storehouse and Cliffs of Moher among destinations to offer free admission

Juventus supporters wear protective face masks as a safety measure against the CoVid-19 novel coronavirus at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu,  France, on Wednesday, ahead of the Uefa Champions League  football match against Lyon. Photogrtaph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Half a million people, many from overseas, due to attend Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade

A man wears a protective mask in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA via Reuters

‘I don’t know if it is hysteria but it does seem crazy,’ says pharmacist as demand spikes

Conor Pope in the gym. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The class is called ‘tread and shred’, although ‘tread and dread’ might be a better name

A young tourist wearing a protective facemask and a carnival mask visits the streets of Venice. Photograph: Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images)

Conor Pope: A number of people have contacted us about their upcoming travel plans

Rebecca Harkin and her partner were both musicians on the Diamond Princess cruise liner which was forced into quarantine on February 3rd after it emerged that a former passenger had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Rebecca Harkin quarantined in Darwin after leaving Diamond Princess cruise liner

The Waterford Greenway, a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Forget package holidays and go on a trip you’ll all remember this year

Book early, don't drive, and other ways to save money. Plus: his top four campsites

Joyce Timmins, executive chef at Marymount Care Centre in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘What if we gave people food that was better for them – wouldn’t they get better faster?’

Former Renua leader and Independent councillor John Leahy has claimed plans for a new direct-provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly, would discriminate against “ordinary citizens”.

Department of Justice denies councillor’s claim it had issuing directive over housing

The staff who helped save Dr Farqad Alamgir at Dublin Airport

Doctor on flight from Manchester said quick and effective response saved his life

‘Thinking to myself that if I managed three or four kilometres, it would be enough, I started running.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Pope: I had to drag myself out of bed but I had cracked magical 10km mark

Officials were tight-lipped as to exactly where the winning ticket was sold and refused to be drawn on the shop, the town or even the county where the jackpot winning ticket  was sold.

Second separate prize of €500,000 picked up in Castlebar, Co Mayo this week

Conor Pope: ‘I look at my watch... and am amazed to see I have run further than I have ever run before.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There will be no movie made about my life. But there’s already a playlist with 327 songs

Cork East TD James O’Connor: he is the third youngest Fianna Fáil TD ever elected – behind  Mary Coughlan in 1987 and Lorcan Allen in 1961.  Photograph: Twitter.

Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan, who is heading towards his 75th birthday, has been returned to represent Kildare North

The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct over the river Corrib

Bord Pleanála gets 300-plus objections over road to cut congestion with demolitions needed

Eir users have contacted The Irish Times to express frustration at the move and to ask what options they have. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eir to impose €5.99 monthly charge on users of its email addresses

 Liberties resident Lesley Curtis: I don’t understand why they can’t build more apartments for people, apartments and homes that people could afford.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Residents and activists in Dublin’s Liberties say tourists are being prioritised over locals

Red meat is the most popular meat consumed, featuring in 29 per cent of adult meals. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Bord Bia report suggests we might be kidding ourselves about healthy eating habits

Conor Pope: “As I ran the park on a morning with hints of spring in it, with inappropriate music blasting in my ears, I found myself wilting internally.” Photograph: Alan Betson

I am used to finding running physically challenging. Now I have to face the mental challenges

Colin Harmon, whose 3fe coffee company is to open an outlet at Dublin Airport’s terminal 2 early in 2021

Colin Harmon’s 3fe signs deal to open speciality coffee shop in terminal 2

Faye Lewis   bought the laptop from   Harvey Norman in early December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pricewatch: Issue with charger left a reader without her device until we intervened

Laya has said that the reader was told in error that she would be covered for the surgery. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pricewatch: Reader shares her experience of conflicting phone calls with Laya Healthcare

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