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

Two factors are increasingly worrying as the world desperately tries to control ever increasing spread of Covid-19: The first is the almost unbearable(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and National Immunisation Advisory Committee chair Prof Karina Butler. ‘It’s a perfect storm – all these humans coming close together in heated indoor spaces, and then the new variant thrown into the mix,’ says Prof Butler

The speed of Ireland’s fall from grace in terms of Covid-19 statistics is astonishing and perplexing. From having the lowest incidence in Europe at th(...)

Passengers queue to register at a South Africa health department mobile coronavirus testing unit outside O R Tambo International Airport departures in Johannesburg.  South Africa’s government has drawn criticism over its Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan, with unions and medical groups among those to have expressed concern about the sluggishness of the state’s response amid a resurgence in cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/Bloomberg

The new coronavirus variant linked to a surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa is not only more infectious than previous forms of the virus but could(...)

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, president of the Port of Calais is interviewed by a television crew. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty

He claims it is the wind, but there is a tear in the eye of the head of Calais port, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, as the ferry Pride of Kent docks safely sh(...)

Waiting game: Holyhead Port freight check in on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Thursday’s early morning ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, one of the last before the January 1st imposition of a European Union trade border between the(...)

In saying that the deal contains ‘no non-tariff barriers’, Johnson revealed, again, that he hasn’t bothered reading what he has signed. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis/AFP

They think it’s all over. A free trade agreement completed in record time; one that is more comprehensive than any other conducted in the EU’s history(...)

British army soldiers delivering Covid-19 tests to a lorry drivers on the M20 in Kent. Photograph: Cpl Nicholas Egan RAF/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Thousands more lorries have been allowed to cross the English Channel after being held at the border on Christmas Day, but hauliers have warned “it’s (...)

The DFDS Seaways ferry Cote des Dunes, loaded with freight lorries, departs from the Port of Dover, Kent, on Christmas Eve. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Transportation of lorries from Dover to France across the English Channel has resumed on Thursday after drivers returned negative Covid-19 test result(...)

Hand sanitiser in the reception area at the White Horse Hotel on the outskirts of Derry on November 5th. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

It is likely that the new, more infectious strain of coronavirus is already present in Ireland, the North’s First Minister has warned. Arlene Foster(...)

Ferries will continue to run to keep supply-chains open. However these will not carry ordinary passengers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

How is the Irish Government dealing with the new, more virulent strain of Covid-19 detected in the UK? On Sunday evening, the Government announced a (...)

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