COVID-19 Cases in Ireland

Since February 2023, XBB (and other recombinant) SARS-CoV-2 variants have dominated circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants worldwide. Since mid-June 2023 a new variant EG.5 which is a descendant of one of these XBB lineages (XBB.1.9.2) and related lineages with the F456L mutation in the spike protein have been increasing in predominance globally and in Ireland. These ‘XBB.1.5-like + F456L’ accounted for 44.2% of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in Ireland in the latest five weeks of data (week 30 2023 to week 34 2023). A new WHO variant under monitoring, BA.2.86 has not been detected in Ireland to date. Read more in the latest virus variant report...

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