The World Health Organisation has urged people not to panic about the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said Omicron appears to be very transmissible, but it is too early to predict if the new variant will become the dominant strain.
The WHO said the new variant has been detected in 38 countries, but no deaths associated with the variant have been reported yet.
The WHO said it will take several weeks to establish the effect Omicron will have.
Meanwhile, Cabinet is meeting today to assess advice NPHET recommended to introduce more restrictions in the run up to Christmas.
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