Coronavirus: Non-essential travel could be restricted in Ireland – BBC News

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The department of health in the Republic will present the options to the federal government

Choices are being gotten ready for the Irish government on how to restrict non-essential travel from nations outside the UK and European Union, according to the Republics health minister.
Stephen Donnelly said he was “concerned about high rates” of coronavirus in some nations, in a tweet on Sunday.
The variety of travel-related cases in Ireland is currently believed to be low.
Mr Donnelly stated “the risk is increasing”.

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Lots of are inquiring about travel/tourists entering into Ireland from nations with high Covid rates. My Dept is preparing alternatives for Gov on how to limit non-essential travel from third countries (outdoors EU/UK) with high rates of Covid. Am worried about high rates in some places– Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) August 9, 2020

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On Friday, constraints were put in location in Kildare, Laois and Offaly restricting locals from taking a trip beyond those counties, other than in minimal situations.
Speaking after they entered force, Mr Donnelly said the federal government was “investigating measures” surrounding non-essential global travel.

According to the minister, his department will end up the propositions “as quickly as possible” and present them to government for conversation.

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He included that the government had put in place a variety of additional supports for the impacted counties, including “extra screening and public health capability, and isolation lodging for those who need it”.
” Outbreak control groups are in place for all break outs. The HSE has likewise developed a National Standing Committee to think about and resolve matters related to the food processing and building industries more normally provided the current pattern of cases,” he added.
A green list for international travel was released by the Irish federal government in July, describing nations you can take a trip to without having to get in a 14-day quarantine on return.
Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, Monaco and San Marino were eliminated from the list last Tuesday, when the government likewise chose not to move into Phase Four of its Covid recovery strategy.
Guidance from the Republics National Public Health Emergency Team stays that all non-essential foreign travel should be prevented, despite whether or not a nation is on the green list.
On Sunday, the Irish Department of Health said there had actually been no further coronavirus-linked deaths and 68 additional confirmed cases.
It said the death toll in the Republic of Ireland stays at 1,772.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, said: “We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where extra public health steps have actually been introduced.
” This was anticipated and we will continue to keep track of carefully.
” From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in other and retail indoor settings like cinemas, hair stylists and museums.
” We understand that many people are already wearing face coverings and we intend to see even greater uptake over the coming days.”