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Delta variant symptoms are different from other COVID-19 variants: Department of Health

DUBLIN: The Department of Health has issued an update to the public regarding the new coronavirus symptoms. It says the symptoms associated with the Delta variant, which is currently the dominant strain in Ireland, the UK, and many other nations, differ from those associated with the Alpha and previous COVID-19 variants.

While cough and fever were considered major symptoms of previous variants, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said that sore throat, runny nose, and headache are potential indicators of the Delta variant.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn advised that anyone experiencing these symptoms be isolated and tested for COVID-19.

“Delta also appears to be presenting with a different variety of symptoms than we have seen with other variants, including headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu it is vital that you isolate immediately and arrange a test,” Dr. Glynn said.

The deputy CMO said the latest data on COVID-19 reveals that there has been a clear increase in the Delta variant across the country.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has confirmed 783 new COVID-19 cases in Ireland. There have been 12 deaths in June and one death so far in July, public health officials said.

As of yesterday evening, 73 COVID-19 patients were being treated in hospitals, with 20 of them in intensive care units.

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