A public health expert has said the new Covid-19 variant is likely already in Ireland.
Professor Anthony Staines said while no cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the country, this is likely due to a lack of genetic sequences.
Staines said: “We don’t have a very substantial genetic sequencing programme in Ireland.”
“So, we were sequencing around 10% of our cases, which is not really enough to be confident about whether it’s here or not.”
He said it is “probably here already”.
The first two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in the UK on Saturday.
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