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Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘Important to move quickly’ over new Covid-19 variant – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said it is “important to move quickly” over new Covid-19 variant identified.

He said he expects a decision later today on the EU’s proposal to stop air travel from the southern African region.


He said his department is consulting with the Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and the European Commission on the situation.

The B.1.1.529 variant has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning as they could help evade protection offered by vaccines.

Numerous countries in Europe have announced travel bans already, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain.


Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said a decision on travel will be made very soon.


Government announces two-month extension to wage subsidy scheme

The Government has announced a two-month extension to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) to aid businesses impacted by the new restrictions.

Schools in Denmark to close early for Christmas over Covid-19 surge

In an effort to quell a surge in Covid-19 cases, schools in Denmark will be closing early for the Christmas break.

HSE says booster appointments system is ‘imperfect’ but gives people more choice

The HSE has acknowledged that the booster appointment booking system is imperfect. People have been receiving vaccine appointments after...

Large queues at UCD Covid-19 booster vaccine clinic – HSE

Vast queues have accumulated at the Covid-19 booster vaccine clinic at UCD this morning, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE).
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