Four cases of Mu variant confirmed in Ireland; Country becomes first in Covid infection rate in EU

Four cases of Mu variant of Corona virus have been reported in Ireland, The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) confirmed. The cases were detected last month and no further details available.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is observing Mu as a ‘variant of interest’ as they doubt it might be more transmissible and vaccine resistant than previous variants. Further studies are being carried out to understand how far the variant is mutated.

The Mu variant had been first identified in Columbia in January 2021 and later on 39 countries have reported its presence. This is the first time the variant is reported in Ireland.

Meanwhile Ireland has confirmed 1,414 further cases of Covid-19 yesterday. As per the latest report, 353 Covid patients are being treated in hospitals and 55 of them are in intensive care.

Also, Ireland became first in EU to report high incidence rate of Covid in the past 14 days. The infection rate currently stands as 500 cases per 100,000 people. Cyprus with 496 cases stays just below Ireland.

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