Omicron unlikely to be last Covid-19 variant, ‘but immune systems will win’

Omicron is unlikely to be the last variant of Covid-19 to emerge, but human immune systems will win, Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer has said.

Sir Michael McBride said the vaccination programme, particularly the booster jab, will tip the balance.

The death of six patients who had previously tested positive for the virus and another 2,706 cases were notified in the region on Monday.

Hospitals remained under pressure – with 387 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 31 were in intensive care.