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Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin, amid a July heatwave combined with a new  surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another 1,377 cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Saturday by the Department of Health, with 78 persons in hospital and 22 in intensive care. Dr (...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group a Covid -19 update on Thursday. Phtograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A further 23 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Friday. Two of the deaths occurred in (...)

The Helix mass Covid-19 vaccination centre in DCU. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme across Ireland’s nursing homes is almost complete with the scheme now expanded to included congregat(...)

A Thai medical technologist works to conduct a test for a Covid-19  vaccine prototype at a laboratory in Chula Vaccine Research Center in Bangkok, Thailand on May 8th. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

The number of lives lost worldwide in the pandemic is nearing 300,000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with 297,197 deaths reported. Th(...)

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lesotho’s high court has been asked to decide whether prime minister Thomas Thabane can be charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife while he(...)

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his second wife, Maesaiah Thabane, at the former’s inauguration in Maseru. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane has denied fleeing to South Africa just hours before he was to be charged in court with murdering his first wife(...)

Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane,  at the State House in Maseru, Lesotho, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his late wife, the deputy police commissioner said on Thursday, the latest (...)

Exterior of the Palace of Justice of Lesotho. -Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP

Lesotho police have charged the prime minister’s wife, Maesaiah Thabane, with the murder of his previous spouse, the South African Broadcasting Corpor(...)

Ireland had a homicide rate of 0.9 per 100,000 people in 2017. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland has the 11th lowest homicide rate in Europe and the 23rd lowest in the world, according to a United Nations (UN) study. The UN’s Global Study(...)

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