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Chied medical officer Dr Tony Holohan’s  letter says the pandemic is not over and there is a need for continued vigilance as Ireland enters a “transition phase” in its response to Covid-19. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

After more than two years at the centre of the State’s response to Covid-19, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has told the Government that it is (...)

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(...)

When asked about comments  recently by Dr Cillian De Gascun, a member of Nphet, that he was “hopeful” the schools would reopen in January, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed  school closures have not been discussed by Government.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) met on Monday to discuss approving vaccinations for child(...)

It is understood the plans envisage no home quarantine for those who arrive with a clear PCR result, except for those with a travel history involving one of seven southern African countries already subject to extra restrictions.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Expanded Covid testing requirements for people arriving into the country are being examined, under draft plans discussed by public health officials&nb(...)

Medical exemption certificates or negative antigen or PCR tests could be introduced for people who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons, members of Nphet have suggested. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Rapid antigen tests may be allowed as an alternative to the Covid-19 pass for some people, under proposals being examined by the National Public Healt(...)

Visitors to Doheny and Nesbitt pub on Baggott Street Lower in Dublin in October 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 agreed late on Wednesday night to lift the ban on intercountry travel from May 10th, it has emerged. Hairdress(...)

The Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is open to considering offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under 60 who specifically request it but a final decision will not be(...)

Members of the Defence Forces at the Citywest Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The reopening of schools has had a “minimal” impact on Covid-19 case numbers, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team. Education has b(...)

HSE vaccination centre in the Aviva Stadium: Ministers and senior officials insist  the programme is “ramping up” and  200,000 people a week will receive shots in the second half of this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is likely to come under pressure on Thursday to review the usage of the AstraZeneca vaccine after the European medicines regulator said(...)

A file image of gardaí enforcing movement restrictions outside Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: PA

It’s - yet another - crucial day for the Government’s Covid policy. But what are the main factors that will influence decisions to be taken on Tuesday(...)

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