Coronavirus: Record 220 new cases in Galway & over 8,000 in Republic

Huge drop in number of new Covid-19 cases in Offaly today

Huge drop in number of new Covid-19 cases in Offaly today

There have also been nine additional deaths reported by the Department of Health there.

However, the mutation and rise in cases in South Africa has gone largely unnoticed while extensive coverage was given to the new United Kingdom variant, SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.7), which is believed to have caused the spike of cases in the UK.

"A limitation of this study is that the mutation was tested in isolation", Deborah Dunn-Walters, chair of the British Society for Immunology's taskforce on Covid-19 and immunology, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 1,442 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

The seven-day incidence is 889.4 while the five-day moving average is 6,800.

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The case involved a recent traveller, who is now in quarantine, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, announced on social media Friday.

New research suggests that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

The cases were discovered after testing of travellers arriving from South Africa.

Anyone who's recently travelled from the country is being advised to self-isolate for 14 days and refer themselves for a test.

'We are particularly advising healthcare workers travelling from South Africa, that it is essential that they self-isolate for 14 days before entering/re-entering the workplace'.

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He said children with special needs can continue to attend school in-person this week and child-care centres will remain open. On Thursday, the province announced health units in Northern Ontario will remain under lockdown until at least January 23.


"There is now not enough information available to determine whether this variant poses a possible risk related to vaccine match and effectiveness".

As of Thursday, there have been 37,686 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Alberta, about 852.3 doses per 100,000 population. Day 21 of phased return to Level 3 restrictions.

"The UK variant is of more concern to us purely because of the amount of virus that's on the island, and we know that it's transmitting in the community", Cillian De Gascun, the head of Ireland's national virus laboratory, told national broadcaster RTE.

A leading member of NPHET says Covid-19 vaccines may not work against the South African variant that's been detected in Ireland.

"Currently, there is no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death", the CDC states.

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"Genomic surveillance is a good approach to track virus evolution and along with clinical and epidemiologic data, can inform countries about the spread of the virus and implications for control measures, therapeutics and vaccines", Dr Swaminathan said.

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