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# Covid variant

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# New variant
Omicron Covid variant detected in Ireland from travel but 'no evidence yet' of community transmission
The World Health Organization designated the latest strain of Covid-19 as a variant of concern.
Eight potential cases were sequenced, with one confirmed as Omicron.
Dr Cillian De Gascun said the single case was "positive in some respects" because lab teams believed there may be more.
The case relates to travel from one of seven southern African countries.
All inbound travellers to Ireland will need a negative Covid test from Friday amid Omicron concerns
# evacuating
Irish golfers pull out of Joburg Open ahead of second round
There are growing concerns over the new Covid variant in South Africa.
# Delta
About 70% of cases now Delta as Holohan says country facing further Covid wave
Dr Tony Holohan said the country is facing a “significant wave of Delta-driven transmission”.
# Covid variant
Six cases of Covid placentitis stillbirths and miscarriage may be linked to B117 variant
Two expert organisations said that this may be why there were no cases in Covid surges last year.
# Covid-19
Schools in NI will reopen after Christmas break but additional safety measures will be in place
The Health Minister said he is engaging with the Education Minister and Chief Medical Officer on the issue.
# South Africa
Fast-spreading Covid variant detected in South Africa - similar to one found in UK
Health minister Zwelini Mkhize said that more patients are younger and seem to be suffering more from the effects of the virus.