Health officials say they don't think a new strain of coronavirus detected in Ireland is behind the recent rise in cases.

The variant was first picked up in the UK - and was found in 10 per cent of samples analysed here last weekend.

It's been detected mainly in the east of the country and is likely to have been here since the second week of December.

Head of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, Cillian de Gascun, says they'll be monitoring the new strain

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