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Prof Anthony Staines of Dublin City University believes there should be a ban on flights “from everywhere”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s continuing failure to introduce mandatory hotel quarantine for many travellers is undermining public compliance with lockdown, accord(...)

US president Joe Biden  meeting with senators in the  White House  to discuss infrastructure plans. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Joe Biden has warned that China will “eat our lunch” if the United States fails to embrace new technology and infrastructure initiatives, following a (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden in Washington in 2015. Photograph:  Paul J Richards/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden raised concerns about China’s “coercive” behaviour and human rights abuses with Xi Jinping, in the first call between the US and Chinese pre(...)

 European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has just brought an end to the tiresome idea that female leaders are better in a crisis. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Thank goodness for Ursula von der Leyen. The European Commission president has just brought an end to the tiresome idea that female leaders are bette(...)

‘In the 21st century, there have been eight epidemic or pandemic viruses,’ says coronavirus researcher Prof Ralph Baric. ‘I don’t know if people are paying attention.’ Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

Coronaviruses are a byword for inconvenience; illness, disruption and death. Almost always in a contemporary setting we mean the pandemic virus that c(...)

Minister for Trade Leo Varadkar a press conference on Wednesday. He said people quarantining at home after arriving with a negative Covid-19 test result would not have to quarantine for the full 14 days if they get a second negative test result after five days. File photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government must make sure mandatory quarantine for travellers returning from abroad is in place as the number of Co(...)

We now know  how to crush the virus while we wait for mass vaccination to take effect.  Photograph: Johnny Milano/Bloomberg

If Ireland was a comedy club, we could call it Tragedy Improv. Policymaking has been essentially ad lib. Whose line is it anyway? The Government’s? Np(...)

Fourteen-day quarantine: Reka Markos ‘read eight books, finished Peaky Blinders, wrote, played music, danced, paced, ate mashed potato with chopsticks, stared into space’

‘On day seven a fly came in through the window. It was the closest to another living being I’d been all week’ REKA MARKOS Hanoi, Vietnam I’m on day 1(...)

A man in a Melbourne hotel where travellers from overseas must quarantine. Photograph: William West/AFP via Getty

Efforts to control Covid-19 across Europe, including Ireland, have a serious flaw: the lack of workable rules that ensure people who must self-isolate(...)

Members of Taiwan’s armed forces stand atop CM-11 Brave Tiger main battle tanks during a military exercise in Hukou, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, on January 19th. Photograph: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg

Chinese military aircraft simulated missile attacks on a nearby US aircraft carrier during an incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone three days afte(...)

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