The spread of Covid-19 to nursing homes has partially been attributed to residents contracting the virus while hospitalised, and then infecting other residents after returning to their care facilities.  Photograph: Getty Images

Nursing home operators have told Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly a concerted effort must be made to keep residents out of hospital this winter. (...)

Public health experts have warned a robust testing system to quickly identify and then isolate confirmed cases of Covid-19 is essential to preventing a second wave of the virus.

Irish laboratories never hit the health service’s target of 15,000 coronavirus tests per day, even during the height of the pandemic, new figures show(...)

The coronavirus would go on to have a devastating impact on the nursing home sector over the following weeks, resulting in 977 of the 1,736 Covid-19 deaths in the State. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Senior HSE officials privately raised major concerns about coronavirus hitting nursing homes in late March, with one flagging their “totally inadequat(...)

Instead of drawing a false sense of security from the decline in infections, the new Government led by Taoiseach Micheál Martin must use the current moment of relative calm to plan for the second phase of pandemic. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Instead of drawing a false sense of security from the decline in Covid-19 infections, the new Government must use this moment of relative calm to plan(...)

Clare Guinan (centre) and her daughters Megan and Lauren who moved into Bartra Healthcare’s Loughshinny Nursing Home four weeks ago to help protect the residents against Covid-19. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

A mother and two daughters moved into a Dublin nursing home for more than six weeks at the height of the Covid pandemic to look after residents. Heal(...)

In total, 3,285 hospitalised patients were confirmed with Covid-19 up to June 23rd. Photograph: iStock

At least 79 patients have died after contracting Covid-19 in hospital, according to new figures. A total of 265 patients picked up the disease while (...)

The Health Service Executive has committed to dismantle the app once the Covid-19 crisis is over. Illustration: Getty

The Health Service Executive has published key design and data privacy documents ahead of the launch of its Covid-19 tracker app. It is anticipated t(...)

A couple wearing face masks shopping in Dublin’s Henry Street recently. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Over €250,000 has been spent by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on a public information campaign encouraging people to wear face coverings to prote(...)

Portmarnock beach in May. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Temporary notices banning bathing in three Dublin beaches last week have been lifted following water quality checks in recent days. The precautionar(...)

The mostly unchallenged rush to reopen pubs is a grim reflection on our priorities. Covid-19 is far from in abeyance globally. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tony Holohan declaring that eating a packet of peanuts with your pint does not make it a meal was the moment we hit peak 2020; the most surreal interl(...)

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