Omicron: South Africa's treatment means scientists might balk at revealing next variants

Caught napping before, we must take basic precautions to slow spread of latest variant

Ireland has drastically reduced the proportion of Covid cases sent for genetic sequencing – to allow the variant to be identified – thereby impairing our ability to track the movement of Omicron.

Ireland has drastically reduced the proportion of Covid cases sent for genetic sequencing – to allow the variant to be identified – thereby impairing our ability to track the movement of Omicron.

A “wait and see” approach has taken hold internationally following the initial frenzy that followed the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 last week.

As the World Health Organisation made clear on Monday, there are huge gaps in our knowledge about the variant and it is likely to take several weeks for richer information to flow.

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