More infectious form of Omicron now dominant as St Patrick’s Day festivities begin

The HSE confirmed yesterday the BA.2 offshoot is circulating widely

A jogger passes a mural in Harold's Cross in Dublin depicting a nurse during the pandemic. Photo: Sam Boal/

Eilish O'Regan

People enjoying the St Patrick’s Day festivities over the coming days are facing the risk of a more infectious form of the Omicron variant now dominant in Ireland, it emerged yesterday.