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Government recommended from November 27th that face masks should be worn in crowded workplaces, places of worship and busy crowded outdoor spaces. Photograph: iStock

Direct evidence to support the effectiveness of face masks in the community is “very limited” but an increasing amount of indirect evidence suggests t(...)

A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a NHS vaccine centre that has been set up in the grounds of Epsom Racecourse  in Epsom, England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Vaccine uptake in Ireland will be driven more effectively by campaigns based on knowledge and consensus than by penalties and enforcement, the Nationa(...)

The HSE-run Clonakilty Community Hospital was found to be non-compliant on seven regulations  during an  unannounced Hiqa inspection over two days in June.

Multi-occupancy bedrooms at a HSE-run residential care facility in Co Cork had a “significant impact” on the management of a Covid-19 outbreak, the St(...)

Crowe said a bilateral deal on a traffic light system with the United States should also be struck. Photograph: iStock

Members of the Oireachtas transport committee have called for the relaxation of advice on non-essential travel around Christmas in order to support th(...)

New  rules coming into effect will permit one visit to nursing home residents per week by one person under the Government’s Level 3 restrictions currently in place. Photograph: iStock

Public visits are resuming at nursing homes on Monday as figures show a drop in the rate of nursing home staff testing positive for Covid-19. New hea(...)

The week-on-week approach was proposed by ‘some members’ to take account of the changing epidemiological situation but other Nphet members questioned its ‘practicality’. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) reported a further 301 confirmed cases of the disease on Sunday, bringing to 74,246 the total number(...)

People who are over 70 are classified as “extremely medically vulnerable” but many are healthy. File photograph: iStock/Getty.

Messaging around Covid-19 poses a danger of “medicalisation” of older people who are in good health, a report by the State’s health watchdog has warne(...)

Residents are concerned about potential damage to the health of people living in the area near the plant and the environment, and have held a number of protest marches in recent years. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

There is no link between proximity to the Irish Cement plant in Limerick and the high rate of respiratory deaths in the city, the State’s health watch(...)

The inspector noted that residents at An Diadan were afforded opportunities to maintain contact with family members throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Residents of a centre for those with intellectual disabilities and autism had to stay in their bedrooms “for their own safety” on a number of occasion(...)

The Doras report criticises the State for failing to initially consider people in direct provision in its Covid-19 response, noting that residents continue to share bedrooms and communal facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mental-health supports and services are urgently needed for vulnerable people who continue to live in direct provision while the Government lays out p(...)

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