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Cars  line up at the RocDoc rapid Covid test centre based  at Dublin Airport on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A further 50 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported on Friday as the chief medical officer warned of a newly identified variant identified in Brazi(...)

Passengers are seen disembarking from an inter-terminal train at London Gatwick Airport. The Irish Government is considering a ban on non-essential travel from Britain in response to a new, fast-spreading Covid-19 strain that has been found in England. Photograph: Bloomberg

A 48-hour ban on all flights arriving into the Republic from Britain comes into force at midnight tonight as part of an emergency response to growing (...)

Medical staff return a bed to an ambulance at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim, on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As if a novel and mutating virus was not threat enough, old political unsayables are part of the public health crisis in Northern Ireland. With a popu(...)

Christmas shoppers on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill / The Irish Times

What is happening on Friday? Under the planned third phase of the reopening, restrictions on household visits and travel between counties are to be (...)

Ambulances at the entrance to the emergency department with a number of the vehicle with patients awaiting to be admitted, at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A series of “decisive” and “robust” interventions are to be proposed to try to deal with heavy demands on Northern Ireland’s health service, Stormont (...)

Medical staff attending to two patients in an ambulance, at Antrim Area Hospital on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that the Covid-19 crisis in the North could happen in the State “if we allow things to go out of control”. The la(...)

Twelve additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Northern Ireland on Friday. File photograph: PA

The North’s Minister for Health has warned that further restrictions will be necessary in the new year to combat an expected rise in coronavirus cases(...)

Robin Swann on Sunday said there were ‘a number of crucial days left’ of the current lockdown measures and people needed to stay at home and minimise their contacts in order to ‘fully maximise the benefit from these’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The North’s health minister has warned he will not hesitate to immediately recommend a further tightening of restrictions if the number of coronavirus(...)

A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

In Edinburgh, the silence is everywhere, in empty restaurants and deserted train stations, with people walking quickly by, heads down, and masks on. W(...)

As of 2pm on Saturday, 254 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 31 of those in intensive care units. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A further 243 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State. Seven additional deaths were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team ((...)

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