Wednesday April 1, 2020

No more slow news days in the age of coronavirus

The spread of the disease has taken news organisations by surprise – and not all of them are covering themselves in glory

8th March, 2020
Deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn, Health Minister Simon Harris and Sarah Doyle, HSE consultant in public health at Dublin Airport last week. The demand for information on the coronavirus seems insatiable. Picture: Collins

A fortnight ago, I was reflecting on the drawn-out election aftermath in the company of the host of a well-known current affairs programme. Sinn Féin had just announced a number of nationwide public meetings that were later condemned by Leo Varadkar as part of a “campaign of intimidation”. I asked the presenter what he thought of this latest development.

“It’s the election that keeps on giving,” he replied....

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