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New Covid-19 variant now a ‘variant of concern’ – Paul Reid

HSE CEO Paul Reid has said the new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa has now moved from a variant of interest to a variant of concern.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said yesterday that he was “deeply concerned” by the new variant.

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Paul Reid said: “The concern in terms of any variant is that it can potentially evade the body’s immune response and make it more transmissible which we know from Delta can have significant impacts. There’s no case identified yet in the UK or in the EU.”

“In South Africa I think there’s about 59 cases identified yesterday and in one province in particular where positivity rate went from about 1pc to 30pc in about three weeks so we would have an obvious cause for concern.”

“We await to see further assessment through our own department and this moved from a variant of interest to a variant of concern.”

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IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddublin

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