Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Protest in Dublin attended by thousands posed ‘a risk to life’, Tony Holohan says

Opposition politicians and businesses have been pressing for a relaxation to Ireland’s 2m social-distancing rule. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New study suggests face coverings may be beneficial, but certainty of evidence is low

The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street: It has been trying to find a new home for decades. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One former NMH master distrusts religious on women’s reproductive healthcare

Fears are growing within the NMH that the Government could withdraw its support from its move to St Vincent’s. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Move to St Vincent’s site at risk as scrutiny of religious order persists, NMH master warns

People enjoy the good weather at Brittas Bay beach, Co Wicklow, on bank holiday Monday. Gardaí have turned away non-locals who tried to visit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Public hospitals not ‘fit for purpose’ to handle surge in cases, Dáil committee to hear

Hand sanitiser and a notice encouraging social distancing at Howth Golf Club in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Cavan continues to have highest incidence of Covid-19, followed by Dublin and Monaghan

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis poses huge threats but also shows us ways forward in health, housing, work and lifestyle

We learned that Hiqa has yet to inspect a single nursing home with coronavirus cases

No mention of nursing homes at the first 11 meetings of NPHET

Just five postmortems have been carried out on Covid-19-positive patients, The Irish Times reported earlier this month. The overall number of postmortems carried out in the first four months of the year was substantially down. File photograph: Getty

Staff at substantial risk so autopsies should be restricted to mortuaries in Dublin and Cork

 Grafton Street on Saturday, May 23rd: If cases and deaths continue to fall, some aspects of the July 20th opening could be brought forward to June 29th. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Easing plans for late July might be brought forward amid growing calls from business

Dr Tony Holohan said seven children were being investigated for a Kawasaki disease-like presentation.

Tony Holohan says Health Service Executive will be raising awareness of issue

People on Henry Street in Dublin’s city centre on Friday as restrictions put in place due to  the coronavirus pandemic have been eased. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ministers discuss stringent measures including 14-day stay at ‘designated facility’

Occupancy levels should be kept at under 75 per cent ‘if whole hospital capacity facilitates’, according to elective surgery pathway for the pandemic.  Photograph:  Getty Images

New rules designed to minimise infection risks from Covid-19 in hospitals set out

NPHET members Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain at the Covid-19 press conference on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Further 11 patients with Covid-19 die in Republic bringing death toll to 1,592

Ireland has one of the highest proportion of care home deaths among all fatalities from Covid-19, a new report indicates. File photograph: The Irish Times

Some 62% of Covid-19 deaths in Ireland relate to care homes, report says

The National Public Health Emergency Team has said it does not see schools returning before September.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Minister says massive logistical work required to reopen schools in September

University of Limerick Hospital Group and the South Southwest Hospital Group face 'significant' infection control risks if there is a further surge. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Watchdog warns Limerick and South Southwest groups face ‘significant’ risks

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health: “As things currently stand, we don’t envisage schools coming back before September.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Two prisoners and 14 asylum seekers have been hospitalised as virus hits vulnerable groups

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical Officer, Department of Health, said anyone attending a meeting and treated as a close contact, where a positive test was recorded,  would have to self-isolate for 14 days. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Deputy CMO says he is unaware of advice used by Oireachtas and now judiciary to limit sittings

Minister for Health Simon Harris, pictured earlier this month, has ruled out sixth-class primary school returning to the classroom before going on to second level. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Parents’ group calls for primary schools to be partially reopened in mid-June if safe to do so

The National Public Health Emergency Team’s scheduled meeting for Tuesday had to be cancelled because of the committee hearing. File photograph: The Irish Times

Many questions go unanswered due to time limits, but politicians on best behaviour

The Coombe: The unemployed and homemakers are less likely to plan pregnancy and take folic acid,  researchers from UCD and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital find. Photograph: Alan Betson

Research challenges ideas around best scenario for desired foetal development

People wear a face masks at Leeds station, UK. Photorgraph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scientific expert group raised concerns over effectiveness, preferring medical masks

Minister for Health Simon Harris  was warned by chief medical officer Tony Holohan that as the number of local cases of the disease falls and restrictions are eased, the relative importance of importing cases from overseas increases. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

NPHET wrote to Minister for Health recommending strict restrictions on visitors

Pedestrians and cyclists in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

We need to reduce cases caused by community transmission, which account for 60%

Michael O’Hanlon and  Liam Cahill   at Howth Golf Club in Dublin on Monday, as golf courses reopen and Ireland cautiously begins to lift it’s coronavirus lockdown. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

‘Ever-present danger’ of further Covid-19 cases as Ireland partially lifts restrictions

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Loss of smell is likely to be added to the list of symptoms, health officials indicate

Simon Harris warned that construction workers should not travel to sites unless they could do so safely. Photograph: iStock

Harris urges ‘collective cop-on’ so that easing of restrictions does not reverse progress

A spokeswoman for the Mater said at all times the hospital had ‘provided the information that the HSE required and met all legal requirements to report infectious diseases’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Reid says the hospital met the legal requirement to report coronavirus data

The chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid said the health service can go into next week and the easing of restrictions with ‘a level of confidence’. Photograph: PA

Ireland’s testing system can now provide 100,000 tests per week, says Paul Reid

 HSE staff member Heloise Imbert takes part in a testing exercise in Croke Park. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Greatest number of cases still concentrated in Dublin followed by Kildare and Cork

Private hospitals may pull out of the agreement which has seen the State take over their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.

Hospitals may seek other arrangements as HSE not sending enough patients

Private hospital deal is costing State €115m a month. Photograph: iStock

Two inpatient beds out of three remained empty during April

Chief medical officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan speaking at Thursday’s press briefing, with Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer (right), Dr Colm Henry (second left)  and Prof Philip Nolan (far left). Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Seven healthcare workers have now died of Covid-19 as national death toll reaches 1,506

Cavan General Hospital. More than 1 per cent of the population of the county has contracted Covid-19, new figures show. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1 per cent of the population of county has contracted Covid-19

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. File image: Dave Meehan / The Irish Times

Cabinet to decide on Nphet advice on face coverings and other measures on Friday

Experts say trace and testing must be done within 72 hours to stop spread of virus; HSE says process takes nine days on average

Process takes average of nine days says HSE, but experts say this must be within 72 hours to stop spread of virus

Delays in testing lead to knock-on delays in contact tracing, and this means cases will be missed and the virus will continue spreading. Photograph:  Reuters/ Lindsey Wasson

It seems like Groundhog Day with continuing delays in Covid-19 testing and contact tracing

According to Mental Health Commission chief executive John Farrelly,   the timeframes for staff testing are not acceptable. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Mental Health Commission criticises ‘inconsistencies’ in staff testing for Covid-19

The public has done a “great job” in “getting the numbers down” and this has had the benefit of limiting the impact of the virus on the health system, Dr Tony Holohan remarked.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Concern expressed as 43 per cent of population believe worst of pandemic is over

A total of 106 postmortems were carried out in April, compared to 143 in the same month in 2019, according to the Dublin District Coroner.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Autopsies can reveal whether coronavirus caused death or was one factor among others

The supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers remains a source of complaint for many on health’s front line. File photograph: The Irish Times

Effective system for tracking virus will require results of tests available much quicker

Handshakes will be banned. Temperature testing will be carried out in line with public health advice. Workers will not be allowed to share pens, bottles, or cups. Photograph: Alex Welsh/New York Times

Measures drawn up by Government, unions and employers to be monitored by HSA

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 27 people have died of disease, as 156 new cases confirmed

Dr Peter Boylan: Governance arrangements for the new National Maternity Hospital should be the same as those for the new National Children’s Hospital which is co-located with St James’s Hospital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Call for correspondence between Sisters of Charity and Vatican to be made public

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: The 137 new cases of Covid-19 reported is the lowest daily figure since March 22nd. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Mater Hospital unit will work with Roma, Travellers and other groups

Maria Waters: a patient with head and neck cancer, she paid for her own treatment. About €16,000 was raised through charity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Patient’s health insurer refused to fund the intervention necessary

Prof Philip Nolan (left), chair of the NPHET modelling advisory group, with chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan at  Thursday’s briefing. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Holohan: ‘Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress’

Jim Clinton  waves at his neighbour Sé Ó Hanlon (78) going out on his bike in Glasnevin  as some lockdown restrictions are  lifted. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Saving lives remains the focus Minister says following comments from New Zealand prime minister

Liz Canavan Assistant Secretary to the Department of An Taoiseach said on Tuesday ’it is still recommended that people cocooning avoid the shops’.

Those cocooning told to avoid contact with other people and not to go to the shops

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the  Department of Health. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday is lowest in more than a month

Minister for Health Simon Harris is believed to be in discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform about financing the proposal. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Minister seeks seasonal vaccination for children and others in recognised at-risk groups

The HSE is planning to ramp up non Covid-19 activity in hospitals but says capacity will have to be restricted to about 80% to allow for infection control. File photograph: The Irish Times

Health system stuck in ‘paralysis mode’ for the past two months during pandemic crisis

The World Health Organisation also advises against the routine wearing of gloves to protect against Covid-19. Photograph:  Robyn Beck / AFP

Washing hands regularly and properly will prevent against spread of Covid-19, says Prof Martin Cormican

An almost deserted O’Connell Street in Dublin on April 22nd. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Total of 125 outbreaks of Covid-19 reported in private houses

A woman jogs down a deserted Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Cavan has highest incidence of coronavirus, followed by Dublin and Monaghan

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said occupancy levels in hospitals would have to be limited to 80 per cent – instead of the normal level of over 95 per cent – to allow for safe levels of operation. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

HSE to play catch-up and treat thousands of patients with other conditions

File photo. Photograph: Getty

Data will be held on phone, not centrally, to 'mitigate' data protection concerns – HSE

A woman walks past a mural in the Portabello area of Dublin on Sunday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

HSE says it will be able to test 100,000 a week by mid-May

HSE chief executive Paul Reid speaking at a media briefing in Dublin City University on Sunday.

HSE expects many more outbreaks in long-term residential settings

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from May 18th in five phases, three weeks apart, each dependant on the previous one. Photograph:   Leon Farrell

Taoiseach warns restrictions will be reimposed in event of coronavirus ‘second wave’

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says road ahead tough but worth it in response to Covid-19. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Chief Medical Officer says guidance being developed as part of restriction easing

Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Another 221 new confirmed cases reported, lowest number of cases since April 1st

People are seen jogging past a social distancing sign in the Phoenix Park in Dublin last week. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

What restrictions will be lifted first? When will schools reopen? Will the 2km limit increase?

The only way to improve and speed up contact tracing is by using technology, Dr Liam Glynn says. Photograph: Collins

Reports of success of remedesivir drug in treating virus encouraging, says Paddy Mallon

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, at a Covid-19 update on Wednesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Seven out of 10 patients recovered from virus, figures reveal

Gardaí at  a  checkpoint on the Southbound carriageway of the N7 this week. Photograph: Collins

Some sporting and recreation facilities could reopen in an early phase of easing lockdown

The number of confirmed cases in critical care beds has fallen from a high of 160 on April 9th to 113 this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Decision will be based on how system is coping, and whether numbers are sufficiently positive

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan provided the latest figures at a briefing on Wedesday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 376 cases of Covid-19 have also been reported in the State

Cafes and restaurants could reopen by the middle of the summer, with people allowed travel within Ireland for holidays by late summer. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

Progress through phases will not happen unless number of key targets are met

The health service is facing a possible ‘double whammy’ from Covid-19 and flu next winter. File photograph: PA Wire

Former IMO president says measures should include the provision of flu vaccine to children

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan rejected any suggestion that NPHET was ‘blaming’ people for breaking coronavirus restrictions.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish public urged to ‘stay the course’ as another 59 deaths from Covid-19 reported

 Gardaí at  the Border checking  for non-essential travel. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

South and North have taken different paths during the outbreak on travel restrictions, testing, school closures and isolation peri(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: insists the experience of coronavirus disease across the island is similar and does not believe there has been any spillover from the North. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Cavan’s Covid-19 incidence exceeds Dublin amid calls for an investigation into virus 'hot spots' along Border

File image of St Mary’s Hospital, Phonix Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 60 per cent of virus deaths associated with residential facilities and nursing homes

The incidence of the virus in the Republic generally falls the further south one travels. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Northern Ireland has had more cases and deaths relative to population than Republic

Dr Tony Holohan said he was ‘more firmly of the view’ against recommending lifting restrictions than he had been last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nursing home patients with Covid-19 less likely to be hospitalised for treatment, figures show

About 15 per cent of Covid-19 patients will require hospitalisation, and 5 per cent will need to be admitted to ICU.

Potential coronavirus treatments remain experimental due to lack of good trial data

It is estimated at least 70-90 per cent of contacts need to be traced quickly in order to stop a new outbreak of the virus. Photograph: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Contact tracing cannot begin until initial call is made

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media during a visit to  Civil Defence headquarters in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Varadkar says by end of April Cabinet will have considered plan to reopen society

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Republic has 730 lab-confirmed deaths, with further 108 suspected deaths in care settings

Dr Paul O’Brien used his expertise to procure PPE to send from China to Ireland. Photograph: Angela Ponce / Bloomberg

Dr Paul O’Brien used his connections in China to help source PPE and share expertise

Nursing and other long-term residential facilities now account for almost 60 per cent of virus-related deaths, according to the figures released by the National Public Health Emergency Team. Photograph: Alvaro Calvo/Getty

One in five residents believed to have died of Covid-19 were never tested for disease

Prof Paddy Mallon, consultant in infectious diseases, said the aim was to put in place nationally a system to provide test results within 24 hours by early May. Photograph:  Reuters/Lindsey Wasson

Extra equipment means Ireland is not reliant on a single supply system, says Dr Paul O’Brien

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘There is no room for complacency’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Re-opening pubs would be ‘at odds’ with distancing measures, says Holohan

A youngster and her puppy, Jack, on the beach at  Portrush   in Co Antrim as the sun goes down. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from outside the area have been warned to stay away from the causeway coast. Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

Analysis suggests that, at best, there may be three more infection cycles before possible herd immunity occurs

The research has not yet been peer reviewed and the authors acknowledge it was conducted ‘with haste’

Modelling assumes 60% of people would have to get virus to achieve possible population immunity

Minister for Health Simon Harris: No specific guidelines were issued for the nursing home sector and weeks went by with no top-level engagement between the Department of Health and private home operators. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some families say they were refused information by nursing homes about outbreaks

“The behaviour of the virus among vulnerable groups who live in these care settings continues to be a concern and this remains a priority for NPHET,” says chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Plan to be enacted within 10 days, with full census of deaths in facilities since January

Speaking at a media briefing, Dr Tony Holohan said while we are suppressing the disease among the general public, we cannot afford to become complacent.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Testing to be expanded with 100,000 carried out every week for at least next six months

Minister for Health Simon Harris during a press conference at the Department of Health in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

National emergency team will review measures taken to tackle nursing home outbreaks at Friday meeting

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and Prof Philip Nolan: ‘We may have reached a plateau’ but there remains ‘a delicate balance’ between suppression of the disease and the risk of it spiking again. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

NPHET to review Covid-19 measures in nursing homes and other institutions

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Amid death and infection, our lives have changed, but lethal battle remains

Chief medical officer  Dr Tony Holohan (left) and Prof Philip Nolan, chairman of the NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group,  at a press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Over 620 new confirmed cases processed by Irish labs, and 95 processed in a German lab

The number of outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes has risen to 155, up four on the previous day. Stock photograph: AFP.

ICU admissions fall for second day as Holohan links rise in cases with increased testing

The Coroners Service has instructed doctors to swab test deceased patients with respiratory failure or “circumstantial suspicion” for Covid-19, but this has not been happening all the time.

Testing delays and death certificate recording skew Covid-19 mortality rates

A message of thanks to healthcare workers on a tricolour left outside Naas General Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Intervention comes amid fears coronavirus deaths are being under-reported

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