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Omicron Subvariant BA.2.86, “Pirola,” Detected in Northern Ireland

The Omicron subvariant BA.2.86, referred to as Pirola, which first emerged in the UK in August, has now been identified in Northern Ireland, according to health officials. Pirola has raised concerns due to its 30 additional mutations in the spike protein, potentially affecting its transmissibility and its ability to evade the immune system.

Though it doesn’t appear to cause a more severe illness, experts remain vigilant. In its latest report, the Public Health Agency (PHA) noted a slight increase in new COVID cases in Northern Ireland, with 11 new outbreaks in care homes.

The autumn COVID and flu vaccination programme in Northern Ireland has been expedited as a precaution. Chief Medical Officer Sir Michael McBride has urged the public to get vaccinated, emphasising that while the COVID threat has decreased, it can still lead to serious illness and death.

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