Only seven out of every 10 staff in long-term care facilities are turning up for Covid-19 tests, public health officials have warned. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The deaths of six more people with Covid-19 has been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) this evening. This brings to 2,028 (...)

Vaccination against Covid-19 has been developed and is being tested. File photograph: iStock

We are all exhausted. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard. While we know our sacrifices are for the best, right now we also need to know w(...)

Passengers disembark the first Qantas flight from Melbourne on Monday following the lifting of border restrictions at Sydney Airport. Photograph: EPA

The UK government will announce on Monday that self-isolation will no longer be required for those who have come into contact with people who have tes(...)

There have been 41 deaths of children due to flu in the past 10 years in Ireland, and almost 5,000 hospitalisations. Photograph: Thinkstock

Provision of the free nasal flu vaccine may be extended to teenagers due to low take-up among the target group of younger children. With uptake rates(...)

An average of seven patients a day are contracting Covid-19 while in the State’s hospitals, according to new figures. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A further 318 cases of Covid-19 and one death were reported in the State on Sunday, as a Cabinet member warned that a Christmas “free-for-all” is not (...)

The Department of Health said the vaccine stocks it purchases via the European Commission will be required to meet ‘rigorous international safety standards’.

Health officials are developing a public communications strategy ahead of the roll out of a Covid-19 vaccination programme, amid concerns that public (...)

If vaccines stop 90% of infection, herd immunity is realisable. File photograph: Getty

The northern hemisphere faces a bleak winter of rising Covid-19 cases, but signals that two rapidly engineered vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna work on (...)

Arlene Foster said while Ministers did not want to introduce further restrictions   ‘it was necessary, unfortunately, to protect our health service’.  File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister has defended the decision to introduce tough new lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus only a week after les(...)

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the lapse in the past week - where infection numbers crept up again - was worrying and might have been stoked by news around a new vaccine as well as restriction fatigue being experienced by the public.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he wants Ireland to exit Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions on December 1st. This Christmas, however, will be a v(...)

Northern Ireland Minister or Health Robin Swann with chief nursing officer Charlotte McArdle at the opening of a Nightingale hospital in Whiteabbey, Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Northern Executive Ministers on Thursday night reached consensus on new Covid-19 restrictions that will extend the current ones past the first week in(...)

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