Philip Nolan

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 A patient being brought  to a  Covid emergency department. Levels of infections among healthcare workers are up to six times higher than in the community, with significant levels of undiagnosed infection among asymptomatic staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

The rollercoaster ride continues: from having Europe’s fastest rising surge of Covid-19 cases a few weeks ago Ireland’s incidence is dropping faster t(...)

There have been 2,488 Covid-related deaths in the pandemic so far

Public health officials are looking at reducing the length of time the contact of a Covid-19 case has to restrict movement, but only when case numbers(...)

An ambulance arrives at the Mater Hospital in Dublin this week, as hospitals come under pressure from a surge in Covid-19 patients. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The pressure on hospitals from the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 patients is expected to peak in the next week, according to public health officials(...)

The private view of one senior health expert is that socialisation got us to 1,000 cases a day; the new variant did the rest. Photograph: Getty Images

The last comparable event to the pandemic in Ireland was the great recession prompted by the financial crisis of 2008. That led to an earthquake in Ir(...)

Shoppers in Dublin city centre on  New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More than 9,000 additional coronavirus cases are expected to be reported in the coming days as positivity rates exceed 20 per cent, the National Publi(...)

Prof Philip Nolan, cchair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group: ‘On the 28th of December there were 2,000 positive tests and the 29th of December there was almost 3,000.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in recent days is under-reported by an estimated 4,000, due to delays in recording positive test results on (...)

Dr Tony Holohan: “I cannot stress enough how important it is to limit your interactions now. The consequences of not doing so will be exponential growth in January, a substantial increase in hospitalisations and risk to life.” Photograph: Colin Keegan

The continued provision of healthcare, education and other essential services could be threatened by January if current Covid-19 trends continue, publ(...)

The period of relaxed restrictions – which begins on Friday – may be shortened after warnings from the National Public Health Emergency Team and a meeting with  chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan

The Government is expected to look at reintroducing some restrictions as early as December 28th after warnings from public health experts that infecti(...)

The PCR test is regarded as the gold standard of Covid-19 testing, and is used by the HSE in hospitals and community testing but can return false positives and false negatives. Photograph: Alan Betson

I see lots of private firms offering Covid-19 tests these days. Are these a good idea? If you have symptoms, you need to contact your GP and arrange (...)

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet epidemiological modelling advisory group: ‘Nothing inevitable’ about a large increase in cases in January.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Thousands of extra hospital beds will be needed by the end of January in the event of a significant increase in transmission of Covid-19, a new report(...)

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