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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# southern africa

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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