Kevin Kelleher

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The contact tracing call centre in UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

When it comes to testing and tracing, there’s no shortage of numbers. Some 1.54 million tests, 258,230 contact tracing calls; calls one, two and thre(...)

Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director of the HSE said contact callers can get ‘a fair degree of abuse’ on occasion, and he has witnessed tracers ‘visibly wilting’ as a result.

The HSE has apologised to the almost 2,000 people who were asked to undertake their own contact tracing last week, due to a “significant increase” in (...)

Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director of the HSE said on Tuesday that healthcare workers ‘have such a work commitment that they come in regardless, sometimes, of their own health status’.

Healthcare workers reporting for duty while sick during the Covid-19 pandemic is a “big problem”, but is “in the Irish healthcare worker’s psyche”, a (...)

The HSE, said the service does not take the issue of missed tests lightly “and we make every effort to find people who are not answering phones”. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,300 test appointments were missed by confirmed contacts of people infected with Covid-19, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The Health S(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chair of NPHET, delives a media briefing in the Department of Health. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwel/The Irish Times

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected to sign off on a final version of the plan to ease Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions at a (...)

Recruitment company Indeed this week sent more than 1,000 Irish-based staff home over concerns that an employee might have contracted the virus. They returned after a few days when the staff member got the all-clear. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

And so an eerie calm prevails. Battle has been joined in faraway places, and the devastation has been immense. But for now Ireland, while conscious of(...)

A Kenyan health worker screens a passenger at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi who has arrived from China. Photograph: EPA

The Department of Health is looking at legal changes that would allow for the forcible isolation of people carrying the Covid-19 disease. Existing pr(...)

Information in German, English and Chinese  about the  Coronavirus at  Tegel airport in Berlin. Photograph:  Andreas Gora/DPA/AFP

The risk of coronavirus cases occurring here remains moderate and Ireland is well prepared for any outbreak, according to the Health Service Executive(...)

There were 518 patients on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards on Friday morning, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: Alan Betson

Forty-four people have died from the flu this winter, with those aged over 65 the worst hit by the virus. Last week 609 people were hospitalised wit(...)

The number of flu deaths this winter has risen to 28, but the worst of the current outbreak may be over, according to the Health Service Executive. (...)

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