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.