The Minster for Health is “deeply concerned” about a new variant of Covid-19.
The new variant (B.1.1.529) has been found in Southern Africa and Hong Kong but has not yet been identified as a variant of concern.
The World Health Organisation will meet tomorrow to assess the significance of this new variant of the virus.
There have been no cases of this variant reported in Europe yet and the Department of Health is monitoring the situation closely.
A spokesperson from the Department of Health said: “The Department is aware of measures taken by the Government of the United Kingdom including the suspension of flights from a number of African countries.
“No cases of this variant have been reported in Europe to date, but the Minister for Health is deeply concerned.
“The Department has been in contact with colleagues in Northern Ireland and we will continue to liaise with UK authorities.
“The Department’s advice to the Minister will continue to be informed by relevant guidance emanating from the ECDC and the WHO.”
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