@COVID19DataIE in the media
It's been a little over three months since I started the @COVID19DataIE Twitter account, a bot which automatically posts the latest testing and vaccination data straight from the Government's GeoHive Dashboard. The original intention of this account was to supplement my other COVID-19 page here, as I figured that turning on alerts for a Twitter feed was a much easier way to go about implementing notification alerts rather than using browser based notifications (which are annoying anyway).
The infamous ‘backlog’ following the Christmas period catipulted the page's following into the fore as for a few short days the only reliable data on the evolving situation was through the laboratory testing figures. Fairly convenient timing setting up an easily sharable alert on a widely used social media platform, eh?
Anyway, to date the account has ~33K followers with a fairly interactive base engaging on most tweets. Over the period 01/01/2021 to 01/04/2021 the account's tweets have had 23.8 million impressions on Twitter - which is fairly incredible.
In mid-February I added daily vaccination updates to the feed once the GeoHive dashboard began providing the data on a regular basis. This prompted another wave of followers to the account and more attention from politicians and journalists.
On this page I will be attempting to keep a record of where the account's tweets are shared, mentioned, embedded or otherwise by news outlets and politicians. Not for any reason in particular, but admittedly is is pretty cool to see something I made get shared in so many places!
|April 29th||LIVE: HSE says up to 240k doses to be administered next week as Cabinet to finalise roadmap out of lockdown (10:41am)|
|April 5th||Ireland hits new daily vaccine high while number of people in hospital with Covid-19 inches up|
|April 5th||Ireland administers record number of vaccines for second day in a row|
|March 29th||Positivity rate running at 3% as 7,500 people attend walk-in Covid-19 test centres.|
|March 28th||Dept of Health notified of 13 deaths, 604 new cases|
|February 23rd||As it happened: Level 5 restrictions here until April 5th|
|January 6th||As it happened: Cabinet announced tighter restrictions|
Spin Southwest / Spin1038
|March 25th||Ireland To Receive 1million Doses Of Vaccine Before May|
|March 29th||Covid-19: One Additional Death And 539 New Cases|
|March 30th||Covid-19: 14 Additional Deaths And 368 New Cases|
|March 31st||Covid-19: 6 Additional Deaths And 411 New Cases|
|February 27th||Coronavirus UPDATE: 738 new cases of COVID confirmed and 13 additional deaths reports|
|February 20th||Coronavirus UPDATE: A further 26 deaths and 988 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed|
|March 15th||COVID-19: Oxford vaccine chief assures AstraZeneca jab is safe - as more nations suspend use over clotting concerns|
Due to the nature of Twitter, it's fairly hard to go back and find these so this is far from an exhaustive list. You get the idea, though.
|March 6th||RT - Source|
|March 2nd||RT - Source|
|February 25th||RT - Source|
|February 23rd||RT - Source|