In a paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, scientists used artificial intelligence to help analyze the dream content of close to a thousand people and found that the novel coronavirus had infected more than half of the distressed dreams reported. The researchers crowdsourced sleep and stress data from more than 4,000 people during the sixth week of the COVID-19 lockdown in Finland. About 800 respondents also contributed information about their dreams during that time - many of which revealed shared anxiety about the pandemic."We were thrilled to observe repeating dream content associations across individuals that reflected the apocalyptic ambience of COVID-19 lockdown," said lead author Dr Anu-Katriina Pesonen, head of the Sleep and Mind Research Group at the University of Helsinki.
Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing at the airport.
Ireland will be placed in a second lockdown in a bid to curb the spread ofCovid-19. The Irish Government has agreed to impose the highest level ofrestrictions under its five-tiered plan for living with Covid-19 from midnighton Wednesday for six weeks. In doing so, the country will adopt one of thestrictest lockdowns in Europe. The country’s premier Micheal Martin describedthe move to level 5 restrictions as “very, very serious”.
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Irish premier Micheal Martin has said it is very important that his country’sfishing communities are protected in any trade deal with the UK. Arriving forthe EU summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach said future fishing rights was one ofthe key issues still to be resolved in the negotiations. "It is very importantto us in Ireland that our coastal communities are protected in an overall dealon Brexit through a sensible and fair fisheries deal,” he said.
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The Irish Government presents its “unprecedented” 18 billion euro budgetpackage. Ireland’s 2021 budget has been framed on two major assumptions: a no-deal Brexit and the continued fight against coronavirus.
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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly addresses the media at GovernmentBuildings in Dublin following the announcement that Ireland will face tighterCovid-19 restrictions. Under the restrictions of level three, only sixvisitors from one household would be allowed to visit another household. Thestricter measures include a ban on indoor social gatherings, a requirement forpubs and restaurants to only serve food outdoors, and a limit on travel in andout of the county for only work, education and essential purposes.
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Gareth Southgate threw his support behind Harry Maguire after the out-of-sortsdefender’s costly sending off in England’s shock Nations League loss toDenmark. Three days on from impressively coming back to beat Belgium,Christian Eriksen fired home a controversially-awarded penalty to seal a 1-0victory in front of empty stands at Wembley. Frustration boiled over after thefinal whistle as full debutant Reece James was sent off for dissent, but thefallout from England’s first home defeat since September 2018 is sure to focuson Manchester United’s Maguire. Having started the campaign poorly after atruncated pre-season overshadowed by a well-documented Greek court case, theworld’s most expensive defender received his marching orders after 31 minuteson Wednesday.
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Gardai are investigating the discovery of the bodies of a woman and twochildren. The woman, 37, and two children, an 11-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, were found at a home in south Dublin. Gardai are conducting atechnical examination at the scene in Llywellen Court, Ballinteer.Superintendent Paul Reidy, from Blackrock garda station, said Gardai arecurrently treating the deaths as unexplained. Gardai have also urged thepublic to refrain from speculating about the case on social media.
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Guinness has launched a new alcohol-free version of its famed stout after afour-year endeavour to replicate the taste of the original black stuff. TheIrish brewer says Guinness 0.0 is a response to a growing consumer appetitefor non-alcohol, lower-calorie beverages. The product was developed by aninnovation team based at Guinness’s brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin.
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