Three cases of Covid-19 variant discovered in India reported in State

The first cases of a variant of Covid-19 first identified in India have been found in Ireland.

Three cases of the B1617 variant have been identified through sequencing of cases at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory.

At least two of the cases are travel related, according to Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the NVRL, and the other one is being investigated.

Dr de Gascun said there was no real-world data to indicate this variant is more transmissible or causes more severe disease.

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