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It will take several weeks to see full impact of Omicron variant – Minister Ryan

Minister Eamon Ryan has said it will take several weeks to see the full impact on the new Covid-19 variant.

Ireland has currently no detected cases of the Omicron variant, which the World Health Organisation labeled a variant of concern.

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Eamon Ryan said it remains unclear whether the new variant is already in Ireland.

“We do a lot of testing and it hasn’t been picked up yet”, he said.

“We won’t know the real impact of this for a number of weeks. It will take two or three weeks to see: does it increase transmissibility? Does it increase illnesses? Can it get around vaccines?”

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“We will double down to tackle the Delta variant as well as the Omicron variant … There’s still 5,000 people a day getting infected in our country. So it shouldn’t distract us from doing the basic things we have been doing well, to get those numbers down”.

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

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