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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: the changes, coming into effect on Friday, were not about ‘abandoning’ Covid-19 measures but replacing them with new guidance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The relaxation of isolation rules for Covid-19 cases and close contacts was “proportionate” given the impact of the Omicron variant, chief medical off(...)

All restaurants and bars must close by 8pm under new restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Grave concerns over the threat posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have led the Government to introduce new restrictions to reduce social con(...)

Nphet says booster doses restore and even increase protection against symptomatic infection and severe disease. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Government has decided to extend the booster vaccination programme to protect more people who are more vulnerable to severe illness and hospitalis(...)

A person gets a booster vaccine against Covid-19 during campaign in Lublin, Poland. Photograph: Wojtek Jargilo/EPA

The Covid-19 vaccine booster programme of third doses is well under way with more than 200,000 already administered, but hundreds of thousands more pe(...)

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Regular seasonal vaccinations with booster jabs against Covid-19 will likely be the way to live with the coronavirus in the long-term, an immunologist(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that the ‘force of infection’ was ‘simply too high’ across the population. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says it will be “a challenge” to get Covid-19 case numbers down from their current high levels to as low as pos(...)

Professor Philip Nolan was chairman of Nphet’s epidemiological modelling advisory group, which has played a critical role in controlling the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Prof Philip Nolan, currently a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), is to become director general of Science Foundation Irelan(...)

Prof Philip Nolan posted tweets setting out the projections his team made and the reasons behind them. Photograph: Colin Keegan

A death toll of between 545 and 1,230 due to increased socialising and the impact of the highly transmissible Delta variant is considered more likely (...)

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team epidemiological modelling advisory group.

The general resumption of indoor services in pubs and restaurants that had originally been planned for next week would have risked significant surges (...)

Prof Philip Nolan noted there was hope and optimism as we come to the end of the week with the 14-day cumulative incidence of disease below 100 cases per 100,000 of the population for the first time since December 17th last year. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Over two thirds of eligible adults will have received one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by this weekend, while one third will have been fully vaccinated, (...)

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