The head of the World Health Organisation has voiced concern over some states introducing measures to combat the Omicron variant, which are ineffective on their own.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries were punishing southern African nations for reporting the new variant so quickly.
Ghebreyesus urged countries to take “rational, proportional risk-reduction measures” in dealing with the new variant.
“We still have more questions than answers about the effect of Omicron on transmission, severity of disease and the effectiveness of tests, therapeutics and vaccines,” he said.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the Omicron variant is likely in Ireland, but no cases have been confirmed yet.
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