Covid-19 spreading at a gallop

South African variant also now in Ireland

Sligo News File

Covid-19 cases have shot to a sweeping high with 8,248 new cases recorded in just the last 24 hours alone.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that in the same 24 hours 20 people have tragically died from the disease.

Overall, the death toll now stands at 2,327 while cases to date have rocketed to 135,884

Adding to the country’s health woes, three cases of a new variant of Covid-19 recently identified in South Africa have been confirmed here.

“All of the cases identified are directly associated with recent travel from South Africa,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan. Persons who have travelled from South Africa should, he said, self isolate for 14 days and seek testing through a GP as soon as possible.