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People wear face masks as  they walk past shops in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland’s ability to treat coronavirus patients in intensive care could be the quickest to be overwhelmed in the EU, according to a new report. The w(...)

Security men direct people with appointments to the drive-through testing centre for Covid-19 at Croke Park. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Even the best national pandemic contingency plans would have come up short in at least some respects when faced with Covid-19, which could be the most(...)

A customer wearing a mask against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outside Makro in Pretoria East. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty

South Africa’s health minister has said it will take time for the country’s looming lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, with infection numbers(...)

A local medical worker embraces and bids farewell to a medical worker from Jiangsu at the Wuhan Railway Station as the medical team from Jiangsu leaves Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus disease  outbreak, in Hubei province. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

At 44KW, a nightclub in Shanghai, life almost feels normal again. Bartenders mix cocktails for patrons leaning against the bar. Groups sit close toget(...)

A patient    is injected during a  clinical trial at    Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute  of a potential vaccine for Covid-19.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

The cascade of reports from around the world about multiplying Covid-19 cases and rising death tolls is so unrelenting, it’s hard to see any bright sp(...)

US president Donald Trump continues to call coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’. Photograph: Bloomberg

Venom directed at China from western states over its handling of the coronavirus crisis reached an all-out crescendo on February 6th when whistleblowe(...)

China presents itself as a lesson in how states can push back the deadly virus. Customers lining up to have their temperature taken before entering a bank in  China’s central Hubei province.  Photograph:   STR/AFP via Getty Images

Just a month ago, as it was fighting to contain the first outbreak of coronavirus, in Hubei province, China was widely thought to have botched its res(...)

An employee controls surgical masks at a leather workshop turned into a mask factory, close to Vigevano, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus has overtaken that of China, where the virus first emerged. Hospitals in Italy said they were being overwhelmed, w(...)

A shopper    in a supermarket in Beijing. China’s consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought to stem the pandemic. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

As we watched, the coronavirus epicentre jumped to Europe – leaving China standing dazed after a 50-day shellacking. The switch around is presented o(...)

A Chinese shopkeeper waits for customers at a local market in Beijing on March 4th. A 55-year-old individual from Hubei province may have been the first person to have contracted Covid-19 in November last year. Photograph: Getty Images

This is the first in a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment and Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and develo(...)

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