Scientists research new ‘Delta Plus’ variant activity in Ireland

Virologist, Cillian de Gascon, said Irish scientists will begin to investigate where the new Covid-19 virus has been infected and whether it is causing more serious disease.

He said the new mutated form of the delta coronary variant – classified as a «variant under investigation» by UK health authorities – had been detected in more than 80 cases.

The new AY.4.2 variant accounts for 6 per cent of Covid-19 cases in the UK, but is said to be 10 to 15 per cent more transmissible than the delta variant prevalent in Ireland and Britain.

There is no evidence yet to suggest that the variant causes more disease in the people it infects or makes Covid-19 vaccines ineffective, but it may have increased case numbers in Britain.

The UK Health Security said early evidence suggests that the delta variant may have increased the rate of growth in the UK compared to the original delta variant.

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