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The only countries of the 19 reviewed that had lower hospitalisation rates than Ireland were Israel, Norway, Denmark, and Czechia. File image: Getty images

The Covid-19 situation across Europe is “deteriorating” due to the spread of the Delta variant, however Ireland currently has one of the lowest rates (...)

James Vincent McMorrow performs at a socially-distanced pilot concert  at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin last week. Photograph: Tom Honan

A cautious approach should be taken to lifting Covid-19 restrictions at mass gatherings, the State’s health watchdog has advised. Any easing should t(...)

Scientists have argued that limiting people who have been previously infected by Covid-19 to a single dose of the vaccine could free up doses

The extension in presumed period of immunity post-Covid-19 infection to nine months would increase the number of people considered fully vaccinated wi(...)

Citywest  Vaccination Centre in Dublin: There was general consensus among members of the Covid-19 expert advisory group that mandatory vaccination ‘may not be appropriate as this may act as a deterrent’.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA

Mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine may be considered in future but it would be the “most intrusive step”, a h(...)

The Republic has been on its third lockdown since just after Christmas.

Ireland had the third lowest rate of hospitalisations and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions from Covid-19 in a review of 18 countries, an internati(...)

Hiqa has doubled the timeframe of immunity after infection of Covid-19. Image: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

Immunity after Covid-19 infection can last up to six months, the State’s health watchdog has advised. This is twice the 12-week period that had appli(...)

The benefit of wearing face masks in reducing transmission of Covid-19 among younger children in schools is likely to be small, Hiqa has said.  File photograph: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

The benefit of wearing face masks in reducing transmission of Covid-19 among younger children in schools is likely to be small, according to new healt(...)

The administering of vaccines to 78,000 healthcare workers so far will permit more staff to remain in work even if they are identified as close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases in light of the new Hiqa advice provided to the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Healthcare workers who are close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case could, under new regulations, be exempted from restricting their movements if t(...)

Government recommended from November 27th that face masks should be worn in crowded workplaces, places of worship and busy crowded outdoor spaces. Photograph: iStock

Direct evidence to support the effectiveness of face masks in the community is “very limited” but an increasing amount of indirect evidence suggests t(...)

A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a NHS vaccine centre that has been set up in the grounds of Epsom Racecourse  in Epsom, England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Vaccine uptake in Ireland will be driven more effectively by campaigns based on knowledge and consensus than by penalties and enforcement, the Nationa(...)

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