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Almost exactly a year ago Ireland stood on the edge of the first great reopening in this pandemic. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

For the third time we stand on the threshold of reopening. Let’s get it right this time Once again, freedom beckons. The targets have been hit –(...)

Another burial in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The nation  registered  4,211 deaths from Covid-19 on Monday, a record for a 24-hour period. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro laughed off his country recording more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in one day for the first time, asking support(...)

Workers lower a coffin into a grave in the Vila Formosa cemetery in São Paulo on Wednesday. Photograph:  Fernando Bizerra

Brazil’s death toll from Covid-19 was set to pass 300,000 on Wednesday with the worsening pandemic now provoking a “humanitarian crisis”, according to(...)

P1 includes a key mutation, called E484K, which may help the virus evade antibodies, part of the immune system.

Ireland has almost as many cases of P1, one of the most worrying Covid-19 variants of concern, as the UK, despite a much smaller population. Nine cas(...)

Cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga will replace Eduardo Pazuello who, for  10 months, oversaw catastrophic health missteps as Covid-19 deaths near 300,000. Photograph: Joedson Alves

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is to appoint his fourth health minister of the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to head off mounting public (...)

Passengers  disembark  a train at Luz station in São Paulo, Brazil,  on  February 26th,  2021. File photograph: EPA/Sebastiao Moreira

With death tolls soaring and health systems across the country creaking under the strain of a new wave of coronavirus, Brazil is bracing for what heal(...)

Prof Anthony Staines of Dublin City University believes there should be a ban on flights “from everywhere”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s continuing failure to introduce mandatory hotel quarantine for many travellers is undermining public compliance with lockdown, accord(...)

Ambulances at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Experts are worried the Brazilian variant may be more transmissible leading to more cases and deaths. File photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

What is the Brazilian Covid-19 variant? There are already thousands of variants circulating of the original coronavirus that started the pandemic. Vir(...)

Workers bury someone who died with Covid-19, in the Nossa Senhora Aparecida public cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, last week. Photograph: Raphael Alves/EPA

The latest series of blunders in the already heavily criticised pandemic response of Brazilian authorities has led to renewed calls for the removal of(...)

A healthcare worker preparing  a  Covid-19 vaccine in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/The New York Times

Brazil started its national vaccination campaign against coronavirus on Monday, with doubts over the country’s capacity to produce enough doses to bri(...)

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