Irish cluster of Brazil COVID-19 variant contained, says health official

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An Irish cluster of three cases of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil has been completely contained, a senior health official said on Saturday.

All three were infected outside of Ireland and all were discovered during a 14-day quarantine following the patients’ arrival from Brazil, Cillian De Gascun, the head of Ireland’s national virus laboratory, told RTE radio.

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The infections, the first of the P1 Brazil variant to be discovered in Ireland, were announced by health officials on Friday evening.

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