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COVID Variant Spreads in Ireland; Visitor Ban Imposed at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin

Dublin: Due to the spread of COVID-19, a ban has been imposed on visiting patients at a hospital in Dublin. The hospital in Tallaght implemented this temporary measure after COVID-19 and norovirus cases surged out of control. The recent confirmation of the new COVID-19 “FLiRT” variant in Ireland last month indicates its rapid spread.

Authorities have clarified that entry to the hospital is restricted unless in serious circumstances. The hospital confirmed that both COVID-19 and norovirus are widespread within the facility and the community and emphasised that this decision is for the safety of staff, patients, and visitors.

Visits by Prior Permission Only

Hospital visits are only permitted in cases of death or critical medical issues and only after prior communication with the patient’s medical team. No visits are allowed on the hospital campus, including the hospital and car park areas. A patient care package service has been arranged, with packages deliverable to the main reception between 2 and 4 pm.

Rising “FLiRT” Variant Cases Globally

The “FLiRT” variant, an offshoot of JN 1, has been reported to be increasing worldwide. This variant is more resistant and spreads faster than previous strains, causing widespread concern. Key symptoms include fatigue, high body temperature, and a strong cough, according to the statement.

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