Authorities say they have detected a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant that is believed to have increased cases in Ireland and the UK in Northern Ireland.
It is relevant Corona virus First unveiled last week by Downing Street, named VUI-202012/01 – NO The second variant It is connected with the contacts of travelers coming from South Africa.
Located at VUI-202012/01 Republic From at least the second week of December, the National Public Health Emergency Commission (NPHET) said in a report, according to data from samples taken last weekend.
Officers Northern Ireland Say that only one case has been detected so far on the basis of suspicious samples.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked at data related to the new variant Cancel Christmas After being advised that it can spread to 70% of the millions of people in the UK.
It is particularly prevalent in London and the southeast of England, but is believed to be more widespread, and has been found in Scotland and Wales, as well as in some major European countries.
Northern Ireland was the last UK to file a lawsuit.
The country’s health minister, Robin Swan, urged people to “avoid panic and complacency” before being locked up for six weeks from boxing day.
“This lock-in will only work if we all do our part to the fullest – strictly follow the COVID rules and public health advice and be very careful in everything we do,” he said.
“I urge everyone to reconsider their plans for Christmas and mislead with caution. Just because you can do something, does not mean you have to do it.”
In response to Mr Johnson’s announcement, the Republic of Ireland banned entry from the UK, with all passenger boats and planes banned until at least December 31 – however.Mercy planes“He took some Irish people home.
About 30,000 people have traveled to the Republic from the UK over the past fortnight, mostly visiting relatives during the Christmas break.
Not only is the appearance of the new strain causing an increase in infections in Ireland, it is also preparing for another lockout, its health organization said.
NPHET said Ireland’s R number, the virus’s growth rate is 1.5 to 1.8 – the highest since March.
“Every indicator of the disease is rapidly increasing and our level of anxiety continues to rise,” said Tony Holohan, Ireland’s chief medical officer.
From Thursday, pubs, restaurants and some essential retail outlets in Ireland will be closed in another lockdown, which could last for several months – although scientists are concerned that these restrictions may not be enough.
Philip Nolan, President of Ireland COVID-19 The modeling team has warned that the average number of cases per day will be 2,000 unless more drastic measures are taken.
“Given the nature of the activities and our experience to date, it is difficult to see how the sequence of those activities would bring the reproduction below 1,” he said.
The country reported 938 new corona virus cases and 13 more deaths on Wednesday.
Johns Hopkins University has found that a total of 82,155 cases and 2,184 deaths have been reported in Ireland since the outbreak.