The State faces a hospitals emergency after the Government’s relaxation of coronavirus Christmas restrictions

Nobody thought it would be this bad. Had we known then what we know now. There was huge demand to reopen the country. People had been locked in for No(...)

The Human Tissue Bill would  provide for a soft ‘opt-out’ organ donation systemFile photograph: Getty Images

There was a 30 per cent reduction in the number of transplants carried out this year, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, new figures from the Healt(...)

The head of the Health Service Executive has warned the impact of Covid-19 on hospitals is as significant now as it was during the peak of the virus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Covid-19 case numbers continue to rise in most counties but the rate of increase generally is slowing, latest figures show. Yesterday, the incidence (...)

Dr Motherway said she would prefer to see people gathering in a controlled manner in small groups.

There cannot be a return to the packed pubs of the past, intensive care consultant Catherine Motherway has warned. Although there was a need to retur(...)

In a Word... Blessings

Of the very many medical stars who have come into our lives since Covid-19 arrived on our shores uninvited last Spring, a favourite would have to be t(...)

Ireland is set to publish a list of safe countries to travel to but Government advice remains that all unnecessary international travel should be avoided. Photograph: iStock

Experts have warned that a so-called “green list” of countries deemed comparatively safe in terms of Covid-19 infection spread will confuse people who(...)

The number of daily flights in and out of Dublin Airport doubled to 200 yesterday from earlier this week as Ryanair resumed 40% of its flight schedule. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fáilte Ireland will call today for the country to reopen to overseas tourists “as soon and as fast as public health considerations can allow” to help (...)

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Epidemics of infectious diseases can be unpredictable but they often come in waves. History has left hard lessons showing that a virus can quickly ret(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty described the situation as ‘unparalleled in our nation’s history’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

More than one million people are now receiving some sort of State income support, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. The Departm(...)

Medical staff put on protective clothing before treating a patient at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Essen, Germany. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Hospitals in Dublin are under pressure because of Covid-19 but the intensive care capacity of the Irish health system is far from being overwhelmed, p(...)

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