Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said it is “important to move quickly” over new Covid-19 variant identified.
He said he expects a decision later today on the EU’s proposal to stop air travel from the southern African region.
He said his department is consulting with the Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and the European Commission on the situation.
The B.1.1.529 variant has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning as they could help evade protection offered by vaccines.
Numerous countries in Europe have announced travel bans already, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said a decision on travel will be made very soon.