In a statement released this afternoon (2 December), the NI Executive have confirmed that at the current time of release, there are no confirmed cases of the Omicron Variant in Northern Ireland.
The update came after the Executive met with the medical and scientific advisers surrounding the current Covid-19 situation sweeping across the world at present due to the emergence of the new covid strain.
“No cases of the Omicron variant have yet been confirmed here, but that situation is likely to change in the coming days.” They said within the statement released on Thursday.
“ While there is no need for alarm, it is vitally important that everyone redoubles their efforts to drive infection rates down”
“The evidence on the new variant is being very closely monitored… the public will be kept informed and health protection measures will be actioned as appropriate” they continued.
This is positive news in light of the new strain as Northern Ireland prepares for the festive period to which the executive have praised the public for their response.
“we are grateful to the public for how they have responded so far. People’s actions are already having an impact” read the Executive statement.
“it is vital that we all continue to work together to keep our society open, protect our health service and save lives”
The Republic of Ireland confirmed yesterday (1 December) that there is currently 1 case of the Omicron variant, however the Irish government have ensured that the situation is being monitored.
Fully vaccinated arrivals into Northern Ireland now require a booked PCR test to be taken on or before Day 2 of arrival into the country and non- vaccinated arrivals require a negative PCR test before arrival, a booked day 2 test and a booked day 8 test. Arrivals into the Republic of Ireland require a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination status.
No further restrictions have been announced in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland today (2 December).