Covid-19 variant Omicron 'could already be in Northern Ireland' says NI Health Minister
Mr Swann also hit out at anti-vaxxers, urging the public not to allow themselves to be 'bullied'
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Robin Swann, has said the new Covid-19 variant Omicron could already be in Northern Ireland.
Speaking to assembly members yesterday, he said that while there were no cases of the variant confirmed in NI, which the World Health Organisation has said could have a higher re-infection rate, “it is highly likely that this position could change in the coming days”.
He added: "In light of the cases identified in England and Scotland, it is to be expected that there may already be cases of the variant in Northern Ireland."
Mr Swann also warned the new variant has the “potential to act as a further shock to our health and social care system” this winter, describing it as a “serious and concerning development”.