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A coronavirus  billboard at the Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid has criticised the private Beacon Hospital in south Dublin for not signing up to an agreement to provide addi(...)

Covid-19 probably arose in a horseshoe bat. But the biological and ecological steps it took to reach humans remain obscure. Photograph: Conor Kelleher

Environment & Science Editor With case numbers in the Republic soaring and some younger people becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 we examine mu(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson:  The success of the vaccination process, depends on us not finding out the South African or Brazilian variants are vaccine resistant,” he said. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The National Health Service faces a “very substantial” risk of running out of intensive care unit beds, Boris Johnson has warned MPs. The British pr(...)

HSE ceo Paul Reid said: ‘There is nothing positive about the scenario we are in at present.’ Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Doctors could be forced into difficult decisions on who gets treatment if there are more than 350 patients in need of intensive care unit (ICU) beds (...)

Dr O’Loughlin, intensive care consultant at the Mater hospital in Dublin, said the “real worry” was how to deal with Covid-19 alongside patients coming in in other medical emergencies such as heart attacks and road traffic incidents. “We may not have a bed for them in the intensive care,” he said. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Hospitals may not be able to provide intensive care beds to patients with non-Covid emergencies if there is a surge in critically ill coronavirus pati(...)

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units has more than doubled to 76 in just one week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Intensive care units are ramping up preparations to be ready for a further increase in the number of critically ill patients with coronavirus in the p(...)

OECD  states that public spaces defined as parks, restaurants, bars, cinemas, non-essential shops and services were closed in Ireland for 120 days. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Ireland’s first lockdown was by far the longest in Europe for bars, restaurants, cinemas and non-essential shops, according to a new report. The Orga(...)

A significant rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is unlikely to happen before the middle of next year, the Taoiseach has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A significant rollout of Covid-19 vaccines is unlikely to happen before the middle of next year and priority will initially be given to protecting vul(...)

The number of people in ICU has  remained steady over the last week with 30 people in intensive care units as of 8am. File photograph: Alan Betson

Eight further deaths and 1,276 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State this evening. One of the deaths occurred in June, two were in S(...)

 HSE chief Paul Reid  at the HSE’s weekly update in Dr Steevens’ Hospital  on Thursday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Some hospitals are already using their intensive care (ICU) surge capacity to cope with the recent spikes in cases in Covid-19, the HSE chief executiv(...)

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