DUBLIN, Jan.1 (Reuters) – Eire plans to finish the nation's journey ban from Britain on Jan.6 and substitute it with harder COVID-19 testing measures as a result of it seeks to cease the unfold of a brand new, extremely infectious variant of the virus, International Secretary Simon Coveney stated on Friday.
Eire banned passenger flights and ferries on December 21. Some 30,000 individuals had traveled to Eire from Britain within the earlier two weeks, throughout which era the brand new variant was quickly spreading to elements of Britain.
Passengers touring on non-essential enterprise from Britain after January 6 shall be required to supply a destructive take a look at taken three days earlier than their flight, Coveney instructed the Irish Unbiased newspaper.
They may also be requested to limit their motion for not less than 5 days from arrival and can solely have the ability to transfer round freely in the event that they then expertise a second destructive take a look at.
"We plan to finish the UK journey ban on January 6, however substitute it with a extra restrictive set of journey guidelines between Britain and Eire," stated he declared.
"We’re keen to maneuver away from a journey ban, which we don't assume is sensible, and journey between Britain and Eire must be made simpler for quite a lot of causes."
COVID-19 is spreading quickly in Eire once more and well being officers stated they discovered seven instances of the brand new variant from 77 optimistic exams which then underwent genomic sequencing. (Report by Padraic Halpin edited by Frances Kerry)