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# variant

This year
# XBB.1.5
We need to talk about the 'Kraken' variant: What is it, and do we know what impact it could have?
XBB.1.5 is uniquely good at breaking the ‘door’ to the human body, but it’s not clear how much of a surge in cases it could cause.
Last year
# omicron
A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?
BA.4 and BA.5 were identified by the ECDC as variants of concern earlier this month.
All time
# omicron
WHO warns of Omicron overload as UK records almost 130,000 cases of the virus
To hold back the tide, European nations brought back curbs with painful economic and social consequences.
# variant
WHO experts expect details of Omicron transmission ‘within days’
Rising infection rates have seen governments reintroduce certain measures to try to stop the spread of Omicron.
# omicron
WHO designates new Covid strain as 'variant of concern' and names it Omicron
The US pharmaceutical company Moderna has said that it will develop a booster shot against Omicron.
# B11529
Explainer: What do we know about the new Covid variant and how worried should we be?
The B.1.1.529 variant has first been found in cases in parts of Africa and Asia.
# variant
Justice Minister says mandatory hotel quarantine could return over new Covid-19 variant
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said a decision on stopping flights from southern Africa should be made later today.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly 'deeply concerned' by new variant.
Concern rises over transmissibility of variant and its impact on vaccines.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says EU wants to stop air travel from southern Africa.
People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine
# Virus
Flights suspended from six African countries to UK due to new Covid 19 variant
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is “deeply concerned”, about the new variant.
# Delta
Delta variant made up 20% of Ireland's Covid cases last week
Holohan said he was “concerned” by the latest data.
# Covid-19
‘High degree of confidence’ vaccines work against Indian variant, Matt Hancock says
The British Health Secretary said it is “appropriate” to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England.
# b.1.617
WHO labels Covid-19 variant spreading in India 'of concern at the global level'
The World Health Organization also said there was evidence to suggest increased transmissibility of this variant.
# extended
Germany to extend lockdown until 7 March amid concern over variants
Some exceptions will be made with hairdressers permitted to resume business on 1 March.
# Covid-19
South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations amid concern over efficacy
Researchers are working to update the vaccine to deal with the South African variant.
# Coronavirus
UK strain of Covid-19 now in at least 60 countries, WHO confirms
Incoming US President Joe Biden focused on healing at a memorial for victims on the eve of his inauguration.
# SARS-CoV-2
Travel ban to apply to visitors from both UK and South Africa until 6 January
Both variants are feared to be more transmissible, and research is ongoing.