Delta variant a reminder that Covid never sleeps

Inside Politics: Delta has gone from 5 per cent of cases in Ireland to 20 per cent in little over a week

The sharp increase in the Delta variant has caused concern, especially with the next phase of reopening only weeks away

The sharp increase in the Delta variant has caused concern, especially with the next phase of reopening only weeks away

Covid-19 is a little like rust. It never sleeps. A few weeks ago it looked like we had it finally under control. The vaccination programme under the stewardship of Prof Briain MacCraith was working seamlessly. Case numbers were plummeting as were numbers for hospitalisation and ICU admission. All the indicators were going in the right direction.

The Delta variant has given us a reminder coronavirus should never be underestimated. Within a number of weeks the variant has gone from a handful of cases in the UK to being so dominant that as of yesterday it accounted for 99 per cent of all cases, according to Public Health England.

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