Delta variant

  • There's has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the Chief Medical Officer.

    Dr Tony Holohan says it's estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20% of cases reported in the last week.

    It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

    53 Covid-19 patients are currently in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.

    The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.

  • Cabinet is to decide on Thursday whether it will give the green light for the further opening of society on Monday week, amid fears around the Delta variant.

    The strain now accounts for a fifth of new Covid cases here, with the HSE warning that the number is likely to increase.

    An immunovirology expert says it's looking less and less likely that indoor dining will reopen on July 5th.

    NPHET will meet next week to discuss the risk posed by the delta variant before making recommendations about the reopening to Government.

    Professor of Immunovirology at UCC Liam Fanning says based on NPHET's cautious approach in the past, he's not optimistic about dining indoors next month.

  • The Health Minister says the data emerging on the Delta variant of Covid-19 is sobering.

    The strain, first detected in India, now accounts for around one in five new cases of the virus here.

    The Government says the further reopening of the country in July remains on track for now, despite the concerns.

    Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Delta variant appears more infectious and transmissible....


  • The Taoiseach says the Delta variant of Covid-19 is an ongoing concern and will be a 'slow-burner'.

    He told his parliamentary party last night testing and tracing will be increased to try to address the highly transmissible strain.

    The highest number of Covid cases in 76 days was reported yesterday, with 581 new infections.

    Professor Emer Shelley, from the Royal College of Physicians, says we're at the start of the fourth wave.

  • The Head of the HSE has said he expects Covid case numbers to continue to rise in the immediate future.

    It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 783 new infections yesterday, and the Delta variant now accounts for 80% of the cases reported here.

    CEO Paul Reid says he's very concerned about how the forthcoming easing of restrictions in the UK on July 19th will affect the spread of the variant here.



  • The Taoiseach is urging people to remain vigilant, as the cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 are rising.

    The strain, first detected in India, accounted for 20% of new covid cases here last week, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says is "concerning".

    Up to 14 cases in Athlone could be linked to the Delta variant, according to the HSE.

    There are concerns that people mixing outdoors on the west side of Athlone on Friday 11th June may be infected, and anyone who attended that event is urged to go for a Covid-19 test.

    Taoiseach Mícheal Martin says the Government will take further advice next week from the National Public Health Emergency Team in relation to the Delta variant, and whether it will impact on plans for further lifting of restrictions - including the reopening of indoor service in pubs and restaurants from 5th July.

    Meanwhile the Tanaiste says the Delta strain of Covid 19 will become the dominant variant here but there's no need to panic.

    Speaking on his way into Cabinet, Leo Varadkar says the Government is concerned but July's reopening remains on track for now....

  • The Tanaiste says NPHET's advice next week will be crucial when it comes to reopening indoor hospitality.

    The restrictions are set to ease on July 5th, but that's now in doubt due to a rise in cases of the more transmissible Delta variant.

    Leo Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night that the strain's a "big concern" and said "the final call" will follow recommendations next week from the National Public Health Emergency Team.


  • The Taoiseach has suggested the next stage of easing Covid restrictions could be delayed over concerns about the Delta variant.

    The variant, first detected in India, now accounts for around one in five new Covid-19 cases being reported here.

    The Health Minister also says the Delta variant of Covid-19 is a "significant problem".

    Minister Stephen Donnelly says it's too soon to say if the easing of restrictions on July 5th will go ahead, and the Government will take advice on the matter from NPHET next week.

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland says any delay to the reopening next month would have "catastrophic economic effects".

    The group says any change to the easing of restrictions would have a financial impact on restaurants as they are preparing for a July 5th reopening for indoor dining.


    A leading immunologist says the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19 on the island of Ireland is worrying.

    There have been at least 115 confirmed cases of the variant sequenced in the republic.

    It comes as the latest daily figures from the Department of Health reveal 271 cases of the virus, with 77 people currently being treated in hospital.

    Professor of Immunology at Trinity College Dublin Kingston Mills says the country is benefiting from the vaccination programme, but says this new variant is a concern.


    Meanwhile, it's understood the UK's Chancellor Rishi Sunak is willing to accept a four-week delay to England's so-called 'freedom day' because of a rise in cases.

    The Guardian reports that the British Treasury's prepared for a short extension of its emergency support packages.

    A decision on whether restrictions will ease on the 21st of June is due next Monday.





  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says the proportion of new Covid-19 cases that are due to the Delta variant has increased rapidly over the last four weeks - and is now accounting for about 70% of cases or more.

    Over the past fortnight, Ireland’s 14 Day incidence has increased by 30%.

    Dr Glynn says some parts of the country have been more affected than others, including Donegal, Waterford, and Dublin, but we are also seeing high or increasing incidents in Sligo, Limerick, Roscommon and Meath.

    Dr Glynn said while hospitalisations remain low, there has been a “concerning” increase in hospitalisations which is being monitored closely.

    Dr Glynn said there is also another concern about the Delta variant as it appears to also infect people who've received only one dose of their two dose vaccine schedule.

    Donegal continues to have the highest 14-day rate of Covid, followed by Sligo.

    The latest figures - up to last Friday - show the national average 14-day rate is 132 per 100,000 people, but that rises to 209 in Sligo.

    Roscommon is now 6th highest in the country, with a 14-day rate of 182 per 100,000.

    Mayo's rate is below the national average, at 95 per 100,000 people.