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Cars  line up at the RocDoc rapid Covid test centre based  at Dublin Airport on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A further 50 deaths of Covid-19 patients were reported on Friday as the chief medical officer warned of a newly identified variant identified in Brazi(...)

An ambulance arrives at the Mater Hospital in Dublin this week, as hospitals come under pressure from a surge in Covid-19 patients. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The pressure on hospitals from the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 patients is expected to peak in the next week, according to public health officials(...)

Ireland did exceptionally well twice during the pandemic, WHO head of emergencies Mike Ryan said. Photograph: EPA

Ireland and other countries could be “in serious trouble” if new variants of Covid-19 “change the rules of the game” in terms of preventing transmissi(...)

World Health Organisation emergencies chief Dr Mike Ryan: ‘New variant strains . . . have not been the driver of new transmission.’ Photograph: EPA

A record surge in Covid-19 cases in Ireland was due to increased social mixing over the Christmas period and is not caused by a new variant from Brita(...)

The Government may look to reintroduce the 5km travel limit. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Government may be forced to implement full Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions because of serious concerns about the number of people being hospitalised(...)

Mike Ryan is leading the World Health Organisation’s response to Covid-19. File photograph:AFP via Getty Images

People gathering to celebrate Christmas need to act as their own “risk calculators”, the Irish doctor who is leading the world’s response to the Covid(...)

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(...)

Medical staff take a patient infected with Covid-19 for an evacuation by helicopter from the Netherlands to Germany. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/ANP/AFP via Getty

European countries are bracing for a grim winter as surging coronavirus infections strain hospital capacity and force leaders to impose tighter restri(...)

World Health Organisation executive director Mike Ryan: “If we could identify a higher proportion of cases and ask close contacts to quarantine with our support, we wouldn’t necessarily be having lockdowns.” Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini

There is “too much of the nanny state” about the way in which young people are scolded about their behaviour around Covid-19, Dr Mike Ryan has said. (...)

Castle Square in Stuttgart, southern Germany on Tuesday. From today face masks will be mandatory in the Stuttgart city centre. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

European governments are adding new restrictions and calling on citizens to make sacrifices in a bid to contain a record increase in coronavirus cases(...)

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