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As a result of the pandemic, trick-or-treating has gone the way of many time-honoured activities which mark the seasons of the year. Photograph: iStock

When asked three weeks ago if trick-or-treating was feasible, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said it couldn’t be “a normal Halloween”. “We can(...)

This year’s celebrations won’t be like the Halloween we know and love but people can still have fun and stay safe at the same time. Photograph: Barry Cronin

We’ve known devils, ghouls and bogeymen in Halloweens past, but 2020’s biggest villain – Covid19 – has been the scariest yet. Chief Medical Office Ton(...)

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(...)

The chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned on Tuesday it was too early to say whether Ireland had turned a corner in its management of Covid-19. Illustration: Paul Scott

A further six deaths and 675 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Wednesday. The total n(...)

Nphet says that the data on positivity rates in schools suggested that they are not drivers of infection. Photograph: iStock

The chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said he does not anticipate the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) advising the Government no(...)

Dr Mike Ryan said at a WHO briefing on Monday night that not everyone had the knowledge or interest in adhering to regulations.

Europe needs “serious acceleration” in the fight against Covid-19 as it has fallen “well behind this virus”, World Health Organisation (WHO) head of e(...)

File photo of vials prepared for clinical trial of University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, one of the vaccines in development worldwide. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty

Just over half the population would take a Covid-19 vaccine if there was one, according to a survey commissioned by the pharmaceutical industry. Men (...)

Dr Jerry Crowley said ‘social distancing got less important with every pint’. File photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

We should re-think our attitude to keeping secondary schools open, according to a GP who believes that schools and wet pubs have been significant fact(...)

People drink at outside tables on a busy Grafton Street in Dublin on October 21st,  as Ireland prepares to enter a second national lockdown to stem the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Implicit from the get-go, or so we thought, was a one-stop lockdown. A State-wide circuit break to disrupt the chain of transmission and preserve the (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. The party  argues it has forced the Government to “row back” on PUP cuts, to reintroduce protections for renters, and  continues to demand mortgage breaks for borrowers affected by the pandemic

Describing coronavirus as the “crisis of a century” in March, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said it was time for the country to pull together. Th(...)

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