The North’s health minister Robin Swann said there were currently 92 contact tracers who could trace an average of five contacts per day in Northern Ireland. File image: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

About 80 per cent of those who came in contact with people who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland in May and June have been traced. (...)

State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Swedish Public Health Agency attends a press conference last month. File photograph: Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/AFP

Sweden should have done more to combat the coronavirus and prevent a much higher national Covid-19 death rate than in neighbouring countries, the man(...)

A sign advising visitors to social distance at a shopping centre in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: by Henrik Montgomery/AFP via Getty

In the late 1700s readers of novels in the English language were gripped by a series of suspenseful tales set in Italy.   They were typically se(...)

A total of 689 people who are either confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus are currently being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland, with 37 patients in intensive care.  Photograph: Marijan Murat/dpa/AFP via Getty

Thirteen more people with coronavirus have died in hospital in Northern Ireland, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health (DoH). (...)

Robin Swann: he says any decision to exit the lockdown will take account of the all-island position, but will be based on “the science that is applicable to Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Getty Images

The North’s Minister for Health has said any decision to exit the lockdown will take account of the all-island position, but will be based on “the sci(...)

Anne Cadwallader talks to her husband, Gerry O’Hare, from outside the window of his room in Fruithill Nursing Home in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Every afternoon, Anne Cadwallader stands on a box and talks to her husband through the two-inch gap in his care home window. “It’s absolutely awful. (...)

People pass by an outdoor restaurant in central Stockholm on Monday. Official guidance in Sweden says citizens can still go out for a meal as long as they stay ‘at arm’s length’ from each other. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/EPA

An outlier in Europe, Sweden’s apparently relaxed approach to the coronavirus pandemic is an international subject of fascination, provoking controver(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Outbreaks of coronavirus have been identified in 53 care homes in Northern Ireland, according to figures published on Sunday by the North’s Department(...)

A cyclist passes by a bus stop with a public health warning on Covid-19 in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Another 39 people have died from Covid-19 in the Republic, while there has been a further 493 confirmed cases of the virus, the Health Protection Surv(...)

There have been a further 17 deaths from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to the North’s Public Health Agency. File photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

There have been a further 17 deaths from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to the North’s Public Health Agency. The news comes as the British (...)

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