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State chief medical officer Tony Holohan noted research that half the people with symptoms of coronavirus are not self-isolating – which he called “the single most important piece of basic public health advice”.  Photograph: Getty

First signs of the impact of the Omicron variant have emerged with infection rising rapidly among younger people in the last week, one of the State’s (...)

All restaurants and bars must close by 8pm under new restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Grave concerns over the threat posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have led the Government to introduce new restrictions to reduce social con(...)

Omicron is expected to become the dominant variant in Ireland in the next four or five days, leading to a rapid increase in symptomatic infections. Photograph: iStock

The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital will rise to between 650 and 2,000 next month due to a massive surge of Omicron variant cases, public heal(...)

Masking children is cheap, easy to implement and should help reduce transmission, but that doesn’t mean it is entirely cost-free. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When you’re governing through a crisis, the principle of least harm should apply. If you’re faced with a range of unpalatable options, choose the one (...)

Nphet officials restated their belief that current high rates of infection among schoolchildren are the result of wider trends in the community rather than in-class transmission. Photograph: iStock

Schools have been warned by public health officials against “over-ventilating” classrooms to stop the spread of Covid-19 by leaving windows “open all (...)

Faced with an unfolding emergency, the Government understood that unambiguous communication was vital. The authorities had to speak with one voice. File photograph: Getty

In the early weeks of the pandemic in Ireland, we also had an outbreak of control freakery. The Government was obsessed with the need to control the m(...)

Inside the Mater: Dr Sinead McArdle, emergency-medicine consultant. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a hospital under strain from the ever-increasing number of Covid cases it has to deal with, doctors say the system is on the brink and lockdown (...)

Nphet says booster doses restore and even increase protection against symptomatic infection and severe disease. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Government has decided to extend the booster vaccination programme to protect more people who are more vulnerable to severe illness and hospitalis(...)

Fianna Fáil TD and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly came under sustained criticism at a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday evening for a series of re(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan at a Covid-19 media briefing at the Department of Health on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One of the striking features of this crisis is how the public has tended to move more quickly and with more alacrity than the authorities. Whenever ca(...)

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