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A man walks past a banner featuring a coronavirus testing site set up at St Mary’s church hall in the London borough of Hillingdon, England on May 14th. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis / AFP

Boris Johnson has warned that the spread of the Indian variant could derail plans to fully lift coronavirus restrictions in England at the end of next(...)

Mountaineers, Sherpas and team expedition members  at Everest base camp in early May. Photograph:  Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus crisis overwhelming India is wreaking havoc in neighbouring Nepal, where surging cases have pushed hospitals to the brink of collapse (...)

A man walks past part of the ‘IN THESE STRANGE TIMES: an evolving series created in response to the pandemic’ exhibition at the Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The proportion of people suffering serious illness and death from Covid-19 is plummeting as more people are vaccinated, new data shows. The new data (...)

People awaiting Covid-19 test results have been asked to continue to self isolate. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The randomware attack on the HSE will impede the ability of the health service to organise effective testing and to measure the total number of cases,(...)

Liz Canavan: the number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment continues to fall. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Employers who are struggling to hire or rehire staff are being encouraged to notify the Department of Social Protection, who will follow up with the w(...)

 A programme of online activities including virtual content promoting exhibitors is planned for Ploughing Week this year between September 15th and 17th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Ploughing Trade Exhibition and World Contest, due to take place in Co Laois this September, has been cancelled due to a lack of clarity over Covid(...)

Portobello Plaza in Dublin, which has been closed off this weekend by Dublin City Council following recent antisocial behaviour and littering. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The Portobello Plaza in Dublin is being closed this weekend and gardaí will be mounting an operation to prevent large crowds gathering there over the (...)

A 12-week gap between Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine doses significantly increases the immune response in older people, research suggests. Photograph: PA Wire

UK research has found that giving the Pfizer/BioNTech booster after 12 weeks rather than three produced a much stronger antibody response in older peo(...)

US vice president Kamala Harris and president Joe Biden walk away after Mr Biden made remarks on new Covid-19 advice from the  Centres for Disease Control. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/EPA/Pool.

US health officials have advised Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 that they could stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance(...)

Although the Indian Covid-19 variant is thought to be highly transmissible, vaccines are expected to be effective against it. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images.

British ministers are poised to order further action in response to the spread of the Indian Covid-19 variant of concern after the number of cases det(...)

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