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“Over the 14 days, we will have up to 390,000 people here at Melbourne Park and that’s about 50 per cent of the average over the last three years,” said Victoria state prime minister Martin Pakula. Photograph: Getty Images

The Australian Open will be allowed to admit up to 30,000 fans a day, around 50 per cent of the usual attendance, when the Grand Slam gets underway on(...)

Melbourne: Those in quarantine are usually tested on the second and 11th day. To be released from it after 14 days, returned travellers need to have two negative test results and to be symptom-free. Photograph: Luis Ascui

Louise Curtis, a psychiatry registrar from Mallow, Co Cork, today works in a Melbourne hotel offering help to people held under Australia’s tough 14-d(...)

Harry Perry (left) with his great friend and rival, the late Fred Teidt  in  1986.. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

The passing of Harry Perry, an amateur boxer of impeccable character, marks the loss of one of the country’s more enduring sporting personalities of t(...)

Paula Badosa has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been unable to train ahead of the Australian Open. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Spain’s Paula Badosa has not received training equipment to help her prepare for the Australian Open because of safety concerns but discussions are ta(...)

Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan said: ‘Zero Covid is a strategy that we have seen in other countries and one that has been effective. I think that the Cabinet should now consider it.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government TDs have urged Ministers to look at adopting a “zero-Covid” strategy in response to the pandemic. The remarks by Green Party TD Neasa Ho(...)

The legal and operational arrangements for mandatory quarantine in a hotel, which will be introduced for arrivals from some countries and those without a negative PCR test on arrival, are still being prepared by the Department of Health. Photograph: iStock

Cabinet has signed off on an extension of current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions until March 5th, as well as a range of measures designed to curtail tr(...)

Speaking on the Claire Byrne Live show on RTÉ One television, Leo Varadkar said it was likely a policy of introducing mandatory hotel confinement would not be fully effective if the Republic implemented it on its own because of the Border with Northern Ireland.

The Government is not ruling out introducing mandatory hotel confinement for arrivals into the country as part of the fight against Covid-19, Tánaiste(...)

Aisling McCarthy in action for Melbourne Western Bulldogs against the St Kilda Saints. Photograph: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images

As she prepares for her third season in the Australian Football League, Aisling McCarthy is reflecting on her adventure so far, although she can’t thi(...)

Melbourne Park is currently a Quarantine Zone and only accessible by health staff, Tennis officials and players. Photograph: Getty Images

Tennis Australia has backtracked from comments made by its chief executive, Craig Tiley, that the Victorian government would foot part of the bill for(...)

Frankie Health co-founder James McGann

Dublin-headquartered Frankie Health, a start-up that has developed a technology platform aimed at supporting employee mental wellbeing, has raised $1.(...)

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