Today’s headlines: HSE warns parents not to name children with Covid in WhatsApp groups; customers rush to change amid an electricity supply warning



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Parents have warned not to use WhatsApp school groups to name children with Covid-19

The HSE has issued a warning to parents in primary school WhatsApp groups about the dangers of rumor mills naming a child with Covid-19. WhatsApp exchanges between parents could accelerate following the decision to abandon routine testing and the search for elementary school children who are a classmate’s close contact with the virus.

Race to switch supplier amid crisis warning in energy crises

Customers are rushing to switch energy companies as prices rise and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan warns of problems with electricity supply for up to four years.

‘Fraud incident’ leads to significant increase in calls to the PTSB helpline

Permanent TSB customers have been targeted in a series of fraud attempts, prompting the bank to apologize for the delays in responding to people on its hotlines.

Additional parental leave and hot meals for Deis schools provided for in the budget

Parents of newborn children are entitled to two additional weeks of paid vacation in the budget. Last year the so-called “parental allowance” – paid at a rate of € 245 per week – was increased from two to five weeks as part of a joint initiative by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of Social Protection Heather Humphreys.

Woman to sue judge who “sought a love affair” after hearing his trial

A woman should take legal action against a judge who she says abused her position by seeking sex with her. The now retired judge reportedly contacted the woman after her court appearance for review of a protection order she had made against her husband.

Threat of heatwave seven times higher for newborns than in the 1960s

A child born today faces, on average, seven times more heatwaves than their grandparents, according to research. Children born in 2020 will also experience double the number of forest fires, 2.6 times as many droughts and nearly three times as many river floods and crop failures as someone born in 1960, according to the analysis. .

Ambulance service personnel “at breaking point” due to regional coverage

National Ambulance Service (NAS) personnel are “at the breaking point” as the service struggles to provide resources for strategic regional coverage.

Smokers who contract Covid are at much higher risk of serious infection

Smoking is very likely to worsen the severity of Covid-19 and the risk of dying from the infection, new research reveals today. The prevalence of smoking in Ireland is now around 17%, up from 25% in 2003.

The pandemic has reduced the life expectancy of many since World War II

The Covid-19 pandemic has reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War II, according to a study released by the University of Oxford on Monday, as the life expectancy of American men decreases further two years.



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