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by Mehak Dugal

NPHET is set to meet today to discuss the public health advice it will give to the government on the risks posed by the new Omicron variant and social mixing in December. 

Scientists believe they may have found the “trigger” behind the extremely rare blood clot complications stemming from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. 


Fórsa yesterday released a statement saying it supported the use of face masks in schools, but said the Government’s rush to implement the practice will make it difficult to achieve. More on that here.


Improved cancer survival figures revealed today are being put at serious risk by pandemic-related disruption, according to the Irish Cancer Society.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called on the HSE to review all security measures in Cork to help tackle the number of assaults experienced by healthcare professionals.


Elsewhere, Mica campaigners have said an average homeowner will be forced to find €65,000 to make up for shortfalls in the government’s redress scheme. A new package announced yesterday capped the grant amount at €420,000. However it also includes a sliding scale method that will be applied to each property. 


Meanwhile, staff at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are taking part in a UK-wide three-day strike action over pay and conditions.


Reports suggest commuter traffic has barely decreased since the Government asked people to return to remote working last month. Transport Infrastructure Ireland confirmed that the number of cars on the Irish road network is within 1% of pre-pandemic levels.


And archaeologists in Peru working on a site in the outskirts of the capital Lima have unearthed a mummy believed to be between 800 and 1,200 years old .


Finally, I leave you with this bit of news - a lovestruck and historically minded Indian husband has emulated the world's most famous display of marital devotion by building his wife a replica of the Taj Mahal. As you do. 

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