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The scale of disruption being experienced by the health service is ‘unprecedented’ and the HSE is trying to protect its services, Dr Colm Henry says. Photograph: The Irish Times

Another 21,926 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the State by the Department of Health on Friday. The department also said there were now 936 Covid(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said given the ‘very high and rising incidence of Covid-19’ across all age groups, it was ‘inevitable that children will pick up this infection from household contacts in the days and weeks ahead’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said it is inevitable children will pick up Covid-19 from household contacts in the weeks ahead. He said gi(...)

Dr Tony Holohan said the virus often spreads in young people first and he acknowledged that the last two years have been ‘really challenging’ for that group. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Department of Health has reported 6,307 new cases of Covid-19. The number of patients being treated in hospital was 429 as of 8am on Wednesday, it(...)

Omicron variant now accounts for 13 per cent of Covid cases in the Republic. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has warned the public to take precautions from today if planning to spend Christmas with loved ones who are vuln(...)

Older people – especially those living alone – are particularly worried about the impact of the pandemic on their mental and physical health need. Photograph: iStock

As the second Christmas of the Covid-19 pandemic looms, people’s fears about not being able to spend time with wider family grows again. And older peo(...)

The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated what could be achieved with universal healthcare as all patients were treated in hospital on an equal footing. Photograph: iStock

Medics frustrated by the pace of reform and negotiations over Sláintecare contract

Aleigha Babington-Byrne among third class pupils from St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, wearing facemarks in the classroom during lessons on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Education Norma Foley has defended the manner in which new public health measures for children came into effect, as principals and opposi(...)

‘We have to institutionalise the management of Covid, to make it, for the foreseeable future, a part of the way we govern ourselves.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good decisions come from accountability. And to have accountability, you must be able to identify who has power. From very early on in the management(...)

Prof Daragh O’Neill of Clann Medical Practice in Drogheda, Co Louth. He says  general practice is “on its knees” as a result of Covid-19.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A senior GP in Drogheda, Co Louth, has said general practice is “on its knees” as a result of Covid-19, and the situation at the moment is as bad as h(...)

Antigen tests, also known as rapid self-tests, can be done regularly. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikov/AFP  via Getty Images

When should I take an antigen test? Antigen tests, also known as rapid self-tests, can be done regularly if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and (...)

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