People who test positive for Covid-19 on an antigen test will no longer be required to seek a confirmatory PCR test under new rules. File photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

The milder impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on infected people and hospitals has led the Government to relax the rules on isolation and testi(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking ahead of the Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic this winter as he confirmed that rules on close contacts woul(...)

While some people will have had Covid-19 twice, others, especially children, have been asymptomatic and are not counted in the figures or have been unable recently to access a PCR test. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the State has now surpassed the unwanted milestone of 1 million cases. The latest figures from the Health P(...)

Only PCR tests have been recognised as sufficient proof for illness benefit, though this is set to change.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Close contacts of people with Covid-19 will have the five-day period of restricted movement reduced if they are fully boosted, under the latest move b(...)

Primary and secondary schools are due to open for three days next week before the Christmas break. Photograph: iStock

There are no plans to close schools early ahead of the Christmas break, according to the Department of Education. Some health experts and school prin(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “Omicron is of serious concern and we do know that the booster can give great protection.” File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Another 3,887 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State, the Department of Health has confirmed. The department also said on Tuesday evening (...)

There are an estimated 480,000 children within the five-to-11 age group. Graphic: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) last week approved the provision of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged five to 11. What (...)

Christine Loscher: Positive cases are stabilising

An immunology expert has said Covid-19 case numbers are falling in groups who are receiving booster jabs. Prof Christine Loscher, of Dublin City Uni(...)

The chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid has said action is needed from the public to alleviate pressure on the health service. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

The chief executive of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has said action is needed from the public to alleviate pressure on the health service, as it(...)

In The News is hosted by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak

With Christmas looming and Covid-19 case numbers surging, concern is mounting about the impact a new wave of the virus is likely to have on people and(...)

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