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Thursday, September 23, 2021

COVID-19: Two of the newest variants found in Ireland

There have been eleven cases of the two newest Covid-19 variants identified in Ireland.

With over 90% of cases resulting from the highly transmissible Delta variant, six cases of the Mu variant and five of the Lambda have been identified in the state.


The Mu variant was first identified in Columbia and has since spread to 40 other countries.

According to an international consortium for tracking variants, four Mu cases have been detected in the Republic of Ireland while two were detected in Northern Ireland.

In relation to the Lambda variant, which originated in Peru, there have been four cases detected in the Republic of Ireland and one in Northern Ireland.


Both variants have been added to the list of ‘variants of interest’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


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