India will be added to Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine list, according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
Cabinet agreed to sign off on his decision to add India to the mandatory hotel quarantine list this morning.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said on Sunday that India is currently facing “huge challenges” and is a warning sign to the rest of the world.
A number of cases of the B1617 variant, which was first identified in India, have been confirmed in Ireland. At least two of these cases are travel-related.
India reported more than 350,000 confirmed cases in 24 hours yesterday, with hospitals in crisis, turning away patients due to a lack of oxygen and bed capacity.