Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency (PHA) has said that approximately half of Covid-19 cases sampled are now indicative of the Delta variant, first identified in India.
The PHA identified a further 612 confirmed or probable cases of the Delta variant.
The Delta variant has caused cases across the UK to rise once again, but hospitalisations and deaths associated with the virus remain low.
The PHA said no additional public health measures are necessary at present.
“The spread of the Delta variant underpins the need for continued vigilance and adherence to the public health guidance – it is essential that people continue to work within the regulations and advice,” Dr. Gerry Waldron said.
“We ask that the public remain vigilant, keep their interactions with others down, continue following the health advice to limit the spread of Covid-19, and engage with the Contact Tracing Service if identified as a confirmed case or a close contact, and follow the advice given.”
The Delta variant is rising in the Republic also, but if hospitalisations remain low, this should not affect the reopening plans.