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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan extended condolences to the family and friends of the third person to die from Covid-19 in Ireland. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A further 191 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the State, bringing the total number to 557. The Department of Health also announced on Thurs(...)

An employee controls surgical masks at a leather workshop turned into a mask factory, close to Vigevano, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus has overtaken that of China, where the virus first emerged. Hospitals in Italy said they were being overwhelmed, w(...)

US secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he regretted China’s decision ‘in these incredibly challenging global times, where more information, more transparency are what will save lives’. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

China on Wednesday expelled American journalists working for three major news organisations, in a sharp escalation of tensions between the two major p(...)

A shopper    in a supermarket in Beijing. China’s consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought to stem the pandemic. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

As we watched, the coronavirus epicentre jumped to Europe – leaving China standing dazed after a 50-day shellacking. The switch around is presented o(...)

A Chinese shopkeeper waits for customers at a local market in Beijing on March 4th. A 55-year-old individual from Hubei province may have been the first person to have contracted Covid-19 in November last year. Photograph: Getty Images

This is the first in a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment and Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and develo(...)

Widespread testing, isolation and treatment – as much as possible and  as quickly as possible – is key to stopping the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Facing into some of the hardest weeks this country will ever have experienced, it comes down to this: people in the first half of life have to act imm(...)

An  empty car park as Fr Paddy Stanley  says the Sunday 9.30am mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock, Dublin which was closed to the public but broadcast live on the webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At a Mass in a nearly-empty St Andrew’s Church on Dublin’s Westland Row on Sunday morning, Fr Enda Cunningham asked “is God with us or not? Perhaps no(...)

A woman, infected by the new  coronavirus, awaits a Caesarean section, in China. The risks for pregnant women worldwide seem no greater than for anyone else, but initial  research only applies to later stage of pregnancy. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Pregnant women are often particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and, once infected, can become seriously ill, with long-lasting consequenc(...)

Citizens wear protective masks in Beijing, China. Photograph: Getty

New cases of coronavirus in China dropped to single digits for the first time since the country began daily reporting in January, as a war of words ov(...)

A medical staffer watches from a tent at the Brescia hospital, northern Italy. Photograph: AP Photo/Luca Bruno

In the neverending war between humans and microbes, the smaller of those two combatants is perpetually probing for the weakest link. That could be a(...)

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