Covid Eire: Minister of Well being “deeply anxious” about the new super variant following the surge in Africa

Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly is “deeply anxious” about a new variant of Covid-19 that has spread to South Africa.

Variant B.1.1.529, which should be renamed Nu in the coming times, has caused a spike in favourable exams in the African country.

This has led the British isles to shut down all flights from 6 African nations around the world to try out and stop them from coming into the location.

Right here, the Section of Well being mentioned they are monitoring the status of the variant.

In a statement, a spokesperson stated: “The Department of Overall health has been checking the emergence of a new variant (B.1.1.529) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that will cause COVID-19 in new times. This variant has been discovered in quite a few southern African international locations and in Hong Kong.

“The Globe Wellness Organization (WHO) will fulfill tomorrow to further more evaluate the importance of this variant. WHO has not nevertheless designated this variant as a variant of worry.

“The ECDC documented that it proceeds to monitor all rising evidence in relation to this variant.

“The Office is aware of the measures taken by the Uk governing administration, which includes the suspension of flights from a variety of African international locations.

“So considerably, no situations of this variant have been reported in Europe, but the Minister of Wellness is deeply concerned.

“The Department has been in call with colleagues from Northern Eire and we will proceed to liaise with the British authorities.

“The Department’s suggestions to the minister will keep on to be informed by the pertinent guidelines issued by the ECDC and the WHO.”

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