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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ireland & UK Governments to meet over concerns of escalating Delta Covid-19 variant

The recent rise of Covid-19 infections in the UK has sparked concerns over the possibility of a further wave of the virus affecting the UK, and potentially Ireland.

The two respective Governments have contacted each other as a result of the recent escalation.


The Irish Government are closely monitoring the situation in the UK and it is likely that further changes could be made to current travel restrictions between the two islands.

Under current legislation, people arriving from the UK can quarantine at home and can exit quarantine after five days if they receive a negative PCR test.

The five day quarantine period could possibly be extended by several days as a result of the Delta variant.


Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) will likely meet and discuss the situation.

Tony Holohan will then consult with Government officials, and a decision by Government will likely be made within days.

England is currently planning to end lockdown restrictions from June 21st. However, it is looking increasingly likely that this date will be extended.

The British Government is expected to deliver an announcement on the updated plan on Monday.


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