New measures arrive amid apprehension over new variant Omicron

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New measures require travellers into Ireland to show clear PCR or antigen tests

New measures require travellers into Ireland to show clear PCR or antigen tests

There is still something of that phrase made famous by Donald Rumsfeld, the “unknown unknowns”, about the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron.

Although experts in South Africa, where it originated, report its symptoms appear to be relatively mild, few governments are taking any chances. The messages give rise to a sense of concern about a new global surge.

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