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WHO: Local Lockdowns May Be Needed In Ireland To Deal With So-Called Indian Variant.

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59 cases of the strain have been detected here so far.

The World Health Organisation believe local restrictions will be needed in Ireland to deal with the Indian variant.

59 cases of the strain have been detected here so far.

There are over 3,400 in the UK, after a 160 per cent rise over the past week.


Some immunologists believe vaccines should still protect against the mutation.

It comes as 469 new cases of Covid were confirmed here yesterday.

Dr David Nabarro, from the WHO, believes the Indian variant will grow here.

And only four countries in the European Union have lower 14-day incidence rates of Covid-19 than Ireland.

The Republic's the fifth best of the 27 nations, behind Malta, Portugal, Finland and Romania.

That's according to new data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

But Dr David Nabarro, from the World Health Organisation, believes social-distancing and mask-wearing will continue for some time.

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