Ireland Reports Three Cases of Indian COVID-19 Variant

Ireland on April 19 has detected three cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in India.

According to the director of Ireland’s National Virus Reference Laboratory, the three cases were detected in the past couple of days and that two of them were related to travel.

“Public health investigations are ongoing, at least two of them are associated with travel, but there is more work ongoing at the moment,” Dr. Cillian de Gascun said at a press briefing.

De Gascun also said that the Indian variant was still classified as a “variant of interest” instead of a “variant of concern.”

“At this stage, as with all of these variants of interest, we need to remain vigilant, it’s important that we try and contain and control it locally. But I suppose, we probably still need more information and more evidence to give us an indication as to whether it is going to become a fourth variant of concern,” de Gascun said.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said at the briefing that most of the COVID-19 cases in Ireland were the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in Kent, a county in southeastern England.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) reported 403 COVID-19 cases, as of April 18 midnight, bringing the total number of cases in Ireland to 243,911.

Nphet also reported no additional deaths on April 19. The death toll is currently at 4,836.

As of April 17, Ireland has administered 1,204,063 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.


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