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‘It spreads like nobody’s business,’ said Anthony Staines, professor of health systems at DCU of the Omicron variant and the pressure it has put  on the health service.

More patients and staff contracted Covid-19 in hospitals in the first four months of the year than during the whole of last year, new figures from the(...)

The first cases of a new Covid-19 variant of concern have been detected in the Republic. File photograph: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

The first cases of a new Covid-19 variant of concern have been detected in the Republic. Two cases of BA.4, a sublineage of the currently dominant Om(...)

 Boris Johnson has thanked the Metropolitan Police for its investigation into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street after it told him he wi(...)

Medical service personnel in the military handing out medical supplies at a pharmacy in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA

Experts have questioned North Korea’s claim that it is achieving “good results” in its battle against a Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of people wit(...)

Irish air travel’s recovery is poised to continue gaining altitude in coming months.  Photograph: Leon Farrell /

Holidaymakers are packing their wheelies and heading for Europe’s beaches in their droves, determined to make up for two summers of Covid curbs. This (...)

British PM Boris Johnson was fined last month for attending a gathering in the prime minister’s office to celebrate his 56th birthday in June 2020. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Metropolitan Police have ended their investigation into lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, telling British prime minister Boris Johnson (...)

In trials, Paxlovid has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19 by 89 per cent. Photograph: Pfizer/EPA

Just 65 doses of an antiviral pill that prevents people becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 have been given to Irish patients. Paxlovid, previously(...)

The law was introduced last year when An Garda Síochána said temporary outdoor areas for eating and drinking, introduced during Covid-19 restrictions, were not covered by the licensing laws. File photograph

Representatives in the hospitality industry have said Government plans to temporarily extend a law allowing sale and consumption of alcohol in outdoor(...)

North Korea’s emergency epidemic prevention headquarters reported 269,510 more people with  symptoms, bringing the total to 1.48 million. Photograph: STR/KCNA/KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea has mobilised its military to distribute Covid medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients,&(...)

Disinfectant workers wearing personal protective equipment behind barriers during a lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Bloomberg

Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful Covid-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, and(...)

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